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Major Expansion Announced For Fenway Classic Hurling Competition

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: The Galway and Dublin squads parade around the field before their match during the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival at Fenway Park on November 22, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Following the success of the ‘Fenway Classic’ hurling match between Dublin and Galway in 2015 which was played out in front of 28,000 spectators, the event is going ahead once again next month.

This year, four teams will take part, with Dublin, Galway, Tipperary and Clare all heading to Boston to face off at the iconic baseball stadium on November 19th.

It had already been announced that this year’s event will comprise of four teams with Dublin facing Galway and Clare taking on Tipperary in a double header of matches.  Now it is being confirmed that the winners of those two games will face each other in a deciding final match for a trophy which is currently being commissioned by the GAA and GPA.  All three games will be broadcast live by TG4.

The games will take place under the Super 11s rules which were specifically designed by the GAA and GPA to allow hurling be played in stadiums around the world which may not be big enough to accommodate a full size GAA pitch.

Fenway Sports Management Managing Director Mark Lev spoke of his excitement at the expansion.

“The strong demand and positive response to the inaugural AIG Fenway Hurling Classic in 2015 prompted us to make this year’s event even bigger and better.

“The game’s exciting combination of speed, skill, constant action and scoring has really resonated with fans. We’re excited to announce the addition of a third match and the introduction of the new tournament format, which will result in one team hoisting our inaugural trophy.”

GPA Chief Executive Officer Dermot Earley echoed Lev’s thoughts.

“Along with the championship trophy, there will be an intense Irish pride for teams and counties competing in the championship match. The new tournament format is going to bring the best out of a fierce group of competitors. It will be an unforgettable day for fans, players and the sport of hurling as a whole.”

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Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we chat to new Donegal football manager Declan Bonner.

https://soundcloud.com/punditarenagaa/we-review-the-hurling-changes-and-speak-to-declan-bonner

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