Fenway Park is about to get its wildest sport yet

Fenway Park is about to get its wildest sport yet
Anais Morand of Switzerland, Jacqueline Legere of Canada, Amanda Trunzo of the United States and Myriam Trepanier of Canada compete during the finals of women at the fifth stage of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship at the Red Bull Crashed Ice in Jyvaskyla, Finland on February 2, 2019. // Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1YANHP6KW1W11 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

BOSTON — Fenway Park has hosted concerts, football and baseball games for the ages.

But its spreading its wings these days and hosting other events, like hurling, ski jumping and ice cross downhill.

This weekend, Red Bull's Crashed Ice will barrel through the stands and field of the historic ball park.

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The sport is ice cross downhill and the YouTube videos are absolutely wild.

It's a downhill race that's a little bit like six skaters fighting their way down an obstacle-laden bobsled track surrounded by people who may or may not have had too many Red Bulls to drink.

The sport is growing in popularity and have moved from a midwest/Minnesota event to a worldwide series of races that will stop in Fenway Park on February 7 and 8.

Athletes have been battling for spots at the starting line atop Fenway's bleacher seats for months through qualifiers held in the North End and at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire.

Eight men and eight women qualified through timed runs along an obstacle course set up at Boston's Steriti Rink in the North End back on December 3. They moved on to the qualifier in New Hampshire with other athletes who qualified in Boston and Buffalo at separate events also held in December.

The Red Bull Crashed Ice event is a spectacle that's gained popularity online through YouTube videos showing skaters quite literally crashing down the sloped courses in exhilerating fashion.

The skaters stand perched atop the track behind gates and are given a 5-second warning. After that, the buzzer will sound and the gates will open sometime within that 5-second window -- keeping anyone from knowing exactly when to propel him or herself forward down the course.

Skaters don shoulder pads, helmets, hockey pants, gloves and hockey skates, giving them a good amount of protection from the spills they will definitely take.

Tickets put spectators in a range of spots around the ballpark, with the cheapest being along the first base line -- without much to see -- and the most expensive being along the upper decks -- giving you a grand view of the whole course.

The team behind Fenway's Crashed Ice event unveilved the course Wednesday morning with a time-lapse video showing the contstruction of the elevated track.

The schedule of events looks like this:

Friday, February 8th 2019
5:30pm - Doors Open
6:45pm - Freestyle Heat 1
7:00pm - LCQ Rounds 64-32
7:45pm - Women's LCQ Round 16
8:00pm - Freestyle Heat 2
8:30pm - Men's LCQ Round 16
9:00pm - Junior Cup Heats
9:30pm - Junior Cup Finals
10:00pm - Event Close


Saturday, February 9th 2019
5:30pm - Doors Open
6:30pm - Side Acts & Live Show
7:00pm - Men's Heats Round 64
7:45pm - Women's Quarter Finals
8:00pm - Opening Ceremony
8:10pm - Men's Heats Round 32
8:45pm - Women's & Men's Semi Finals
9:00pm - Women's Finals
9:15pm - Men's Finals
9:30pm - Awards & Closing Ceremonies
10:00pm - Event Close