Fenway Park To Host Free Ice Skating

Filed in Local Events by on December 18, 2009 1 Comment

Forget streaking.

For two days in January, Fenway fanatics will have a truly legitimate way to fulfill their dreams of being on the field of the Red Sox’ historic stadium when the city opens the ballpark for free ice skating sessions.

The skating—to be held January 3 and 10, both Sundays—is made possible by the full-size rink being constructed inside the park for a New Year’s hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. Around 3,000 tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis this Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at community centers across the city. Only Boston residents with proof of residency may nab tickets though, so tough luck to everyone in Red Sox nation who lives outside Boston proper.

“The Bruins’ continued success has revived Boston’s hockey heart, and skating on the rink at historic Fenway Park is going to be a fantastic way for thousands of kids and families to ring in the New Year,” Mayor Menino said in a press release. “I’m proud that the City has been able to partner with the NHL and Sun Life Financial to bring this one-of-a-kind spectacle to Boston. There’s no better city than ours to host the NHL Winter Classic and Sun Life Frozen Fenway, and I encourage residents to take full advantage of all the free and fun festivities surrounding the events.”

The announcement was made, quite fittingly, by Bruins legend Ray Bourque, who delivered the news in absentia of Menino. The mayor is still recovering from surgery to repair a severed tendon in his left knee.

The event does come with one hitch, though: attendees must bring their own skates. Interested parties who don’t own ice skates can still participate by supergluing butcher knives or any other long, sharp blade to the soles of their boots. An alternate method of procuring skates, requesting a pair from Santa Claus, is highly discouraged due to its low probability of success.

While the event will not give diehard Sox fans a chance to fulfill their wildest Fenway fantasies—pitching a perfect game; knocking a walk-off, World Series clinching grand slam; pantsing A-Rod at home plate, much to his chagrin—it is probably the closest they will ever come to those dreams.

“The Bruins’ continued success has revived Boston’s hockey heart, and skating on the rink at historic Fenway Park is going to be a fantastic way for thousands of kids and families to ring in the New Year,” Mayor Menino said. “I’m proud that the City has been able to partner with the NHL and Sun Life Financial to bring this one-of-a-kind spectacle to Boston. There’s no better city than ours to host the NHL Winter Classic and Sun Life Frozen Fenway, and I encourage residents to take full advantage of all the free and fun festivities surrounding the events.”

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  1. That sounds like a great idea. Perhaps we could do similar things in Ireland. We do have the venues.

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