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Fenway Park Transition Begins in Preparation for the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football and AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival

Grounds crew begins conversion from baseball to football field and hurling pitch
in advance of full slate of November special events as the ‘fastest game on turf’
and college football return to iconic ballpark

BOSTON, MA  The Fenway Park grounds crew will begin the ballpark’s transformation from a Major League Baseball diamond to a multi-purpose football field and hurling pitch on Monday, October 23, as Fenway Sports Management prepares to host a full slate of special events this November. This marks the beginning of final preparations for the return of both college football and “the fastest game on turf” respectively as the iconic ballpark gets set to host the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football and the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. Field transition will take place through Wednesday, November 8.

Media interested in capturing photos, video and interviews from the field construction should send an email including name and desired date and time to SpecialEvents@elevatecom.com. Images and video of the field transformation will also be made available by Fenway Sports Management.

A planned timeline of field transition includes:

  • Week of October 23 – Field Goal posts and end zone net pole system installed on Tuesday; Pitchers mound is removed on Wednesday; Infield sod is installed Wednesday-Friday
  • Week of October 30 –  Field dimension painting begins on Monday; Logo painting begins on Tuesday
  • Week of November 6 – Warning track sod is installed; Visitor’s dugout conversion/padding begins

*Schedule and activities subject to change

The Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football is a two-week series of three Division I college football games, featuring six of the most prominent New England teams:

  • Friday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. – Brown University hosts Dartmouth College
  • Saturday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m. – University of Massachusetts hosts the University of Maine
  • Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. – University of Connecticut hosts Boston College

For more information about the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football, including how to purchase tickets and continuous schedule updates, please visit FenwayGridironSeries.com.

On Sunday, November 19, the day after the final game of the New England college football trilogy, the gridiron will transform into a hurling pitch as the “Ancient Irish Warrior Sport” makes its triumphant return to the historic ballpark when four of the most famous hurling clubs from Ireland battle in a three-match, one-day hurling championship at Fenway Park. Dublin will face Galway and Tipperary will take on Clare, with the winners meeting in the inaugural championship of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. The winner of the final match will be presented with the Players Champion Cup to conclude the day’s festivities. Tickets and additional information are available at redsox.com/hurling.

On Wednesday, November 22, the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football concludes with a special high school pre-Thanksgiving football doubleheader featuring Masconomet versus Everett and Hingham battling Scituate in their traditional rivalry games. Tickets for that doubleheader can be purchased by visiting redsox.com/gridiron with 25% of every ticket sold given back to the school each patron is supporting.

About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues in all of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management. 

About Your Call Football
Your Call Football, an interactive technology company that puts fans in control of live games, is the title sponsorship of the Fenway Gridiron Series. Newton-based Your Call Football puts fans in control of live games, transforming spectator sports into interactive, social and competitive experiences. Your Call Football is upgrading the sports and gaming industries by offering gamers and football fans the chance to control a live sporting event and compete on their play-calling skills. Fans attending the Fenway Gridiron Series games will get an exclusive first look at the future of sports and gaming with demos of the Your Call Football technology and fan experience at Fenway Park. The Your Call Football platform will not have any in-game activation during the Fenway Gridiron Series.

About American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG’s core businesses include Commercial Insurance and Consumer Insurance, as well as Other Operations. Commercial Insurance comprises two modules – Liability and Financial Lines, and Property and Special Risks. Consumer Insurance comprises four modules – Individual Retirement, Group Retirement, Life Insurance and Personal Insurance. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Additional information about AIG can be found at www.aig.com and www.aig.com/strategyupdate | YouTube: www.youtube.com/aig | Twitter: @AIGinsurance www.twitter.com/AIGinsurance | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aig. These references with additional information about AIG have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. All products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. Products or services may not be available in all countries, and coverage is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds, and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications
617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com

Fenway Park to Host Three Division I New England College Football Games in November

UConn, UMass, and Brown Relocate Home Games to Fenway Park

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management today announced that college football will return to Fenway Park in November, 2017, with a collection of New England’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs.

On Saturday, November 18, the University of Connecticut will host Boston College. This will be the first football game at Fenway Park for the University of Connecticut, and the 77th for Boston College.

“We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict. “This game will present our players with an unforgettable experience – playing in one of the most renowned venues in American sport – and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to see us play seven games in Boston, our players to experience a world-famous venue, and to showcase New England and ACC football with the ‘Football at Fenway’ series,” said Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates. “We are excited about the chance to play a game in one of American’s most iconic sports venues.”

On Friday, November 10, a matchup between two New England Ivy League teams will take place when Brown University hosts Dartmouth College. The game will mark the third appearance for both Brown and Dartmouth.

“Fenway Park is an iconic New England landmark and we are excited about the unique opportunity to play a football game there,” said Brown University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “It will be an unforgettable experience for our team members, alumni, and fans.”

“Fenway Park is one of the great venues in all of sports,” said Dartmouth Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy. “This promises to be an unforgettable experience for the players, coaches, and alumni of Brown and Dartmouth. We are honored to continue our great rivalry with Brown University at Fenway Park.”

The following day, Saturday, November 11, the University of Massachusetts will host the University of Maine – the first college football game at Fenway Park for both teams.

“We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with the Boston Red Sox to bring the Commonwealth’s Flagship football program to Boston to play in iconic Fenway Park next fall,” said UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford. “This is a special opportunity for UMass that will undoubtedly attract the attention of fans throughout New England. Our sincere thanks to the Red Sox leadership for working with us to bring UMass Football to Fenway in 2017.”

“The historic prestige and legendary status of Fenway Park make this such a special and unique opportunity for the University of Maine and one we are excited to share with our student-athletes, staff, fans and alumni,” said UMaine Athletic Director Karlton Creech. “We would like to thank Fenway Sports Management and everyone who worked to make this event at such a historic venue a reality.”

Game times and ticket information for all three games will be announced at a later date.

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Tickets For Frozen Fenway 2017 Hockey East Doubleheaders Go On Sale September 1 At 12:00 P.M.

Fenway Park’s Two-week Winter Festival to Include Competitive High School
and 
Youth Hockey Games and Free Public Skating for City of Boston Residents

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management (FSM) and Hockey East Association announced today that tickets for the two marquee Hockey East men’s college hockey doubleheaders at Frozen Fenway 2017 will go on sale Thursday, September 1 at 12:00 p.m. on redsox.com/frozenfenway. Frozen Fenway 2017 is a two week series of hockey and ice skating events taking place at Fenway Park from January 4-16, 2017, featuring outdoor college and high school hockey games and a free public skating day for City of Boston residents.

The two Hockey East doubleheaders featuring eight of the premier college hockey programs in New England are scheduled to take place on January 7 and 14. The schedule for the four Frozen Fenway games is:

Saturday, January 7, 2017:

  • Boston University vs. University of Massachusetts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Boston College vs. Providence College at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2017:

  • University of Maine vs. University of Connecticut at 4:00 p.m.
  • University of New Hampshire vs. Northeastern University at 7:30 p.m.

The Frozen Fenway 2017 matchups will feature three recent Frozen Four participants (BC, BU and Providence, which won the 2015 Frozen Four Championship), the past two Beanpot winners (BC and BU), the past two Hockey East regular season champs (BC and Providence in 2016; BU in 2015) and the past two Hockey East tournament champions (Northeastern in 2016; BU in 2015).

For more information and to purchase tickets for Frozen Fenway 2017, please visit redsox.com/frozenfenway.

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About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues in all of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management.

About Hockey East
The Hockey East Association is a 12-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and a nine-team Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won nine NCAA championships and placed 105 teams in the NCAA Tournament, more than any other conference since Hockey East began play.

Media Contacts
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Brian Smith, Hockey East: 781-245-2122, bsmith@hockeyeastonline.com

 

Two Marquee Outdoor Hockey East Doubleheaders Headline Frozen Fenway’s 2017 Return

Fenway Park’s Two-week Winter Festival to Include Competitive High School
and 
Youth Hockey Games and Free Public Skating for City of Boston Residents

Boston, MA  The City of Boston, Hockey East Association, and Fenway Sports Management (FSM), today announced the return of outdoor competitive hockey to Fenway Park, with Frozen Fenway 2017, a two week series of hockey and ice skating events taking place at Fenway Park from January 4-16, 2017. Frozen Fenway will feature two marquee Hockey East men’s college hockey doubleheaders, along with additional college and high school hockey games and a free public skating day for City of Boston residents.

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy.

The two Hockey East doubleheaders featuring eight of the premier college hockey programs in New England are scheduled to take place on January 7 and 14.  Game times to be announced at a later date:

Saturday, January 7, 2017:

  • Boston University vs. University of Massachusetts
  • Boston College vs. Providence College

Saturday, January 14, 2017:

  • University of Maine vs. University of Connecticut
  • University of New Hampshire vs. Northeastern University

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “Once Frozen 2017 is complete all twelve Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

The Frozen Fenway 2017 matchups will feature three recent Frozen Four participants (BC, BU and Providence, which won the 2015 Frozen Four Championship), the past two Beanpot winners (BC and BU), the past two Hockey East regular season champs (BC and Providence in 2016; BU in 2015) and the past two Hockey East tournament champions (Northeastern in 2016; BU in 2015).

Along with the hockey games, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston will host a free public skate for residents to experience Frozen Fenway on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Additional details will be made available to the public in the coming months.

Ticket information, along with additional Frozen Fenway games and events will be announced in the coming months. Visit RedSox.com for additional Frozen Fenway schedule updates.

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About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues inll of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management.

About Hockey East
The Hockey East Association is a 12-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and a nine-team Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won nine NCAA championships and placed 105 teams in the NCAA Tournament, more than any other conference since Hockey East began play.

Media Contacts
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Brian Smith, Hockey East: 781-245-2122, bsmith@hockeyeastonline.com