Ancient Irish sport coming to Citi Field
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The popular Irish sport of hurling will come to Queens in the “New York Hurling Classic” with a four-team tournament on Saturday, November 16, at Citi Field.

Building off successful events at Fenway Park in 2015, 2017 and 2018, a three-game tournament will be played with four counties competing for the Players Champions Cup, which was introduced at the 2017 event.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 28, at mets.com/hurling.

In partnership with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Aer Lingus, “Ireland’s Ancient Warrior Sport” will be played at Citi Field for the first time in the ballpark’s 10-year history.

Hurling, widely believed to be the world’s oldest field game, combines agility, strength and intensity, earning it the reputation as the “fastest game on grass” among its loyal and passionate followers.

“Hurling is one of the most exhilarating games in the world and we think fans are going to love the combination of speed, skill and scoring,” said Heather Collamore, vice president of Metropolitan Hospitality. “We are excited to have the fast-paced action featuring some of the most accomplished teams in Ireland on the pitch at Citi Field.”

Hurlers use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar (pronounced slitter) between the opponents’ goalposts, either over the crossbar (1 point) or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper (3 points).

For the New York Hurling Classic, the two teams will play a modified version of hurling called “Super 11s,” which reduces the pitch to 11 players and the only way to score is under the crossbar into the net.

Limerick will defend the Players Champions Cup, having won the 2018 Fenway Hurling Classic with a 38-30 victory over Cork. The three other counties competing in the New York Hurling Classic are Wexford, Tipperary and Kilkenny.

“The New York Hurling Classic will be a tremendous showcase for our sport and should excite every fan in attendance,” said GAA President John Horan. Special events like this are important as we continue to grow the game and bring hurling to new audiences.”
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