The ancient Irish sport of Hurling took over the homes of baseball's Mets, Citi Field, in advance of November's New York Hurling Classic.

Top hurlers from Ireland conducted an interactive demo this week at City Field in Queens, to educate attendees on “the fastest game on grass.” While enjoying the home ground of the New York Mets the GAA champs also drew the opening matches for the three-game tournament taking place on Nov 16, 2019.

Metropolitan Hospitality welcomed Fenway Sports Management (FSM), the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Aer Lingus to Citi Field this week for an event to celebrate the game of hurling and share information about the upcoming New York Hurling Classic, which takes place on Saturday, Nov 16.

New York Mets mascot Mr. Met welcomes Wexford hurler Shaun Murphy (L) and Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan to Citi Field in celebration of the New York Hurling Classic.

New York Mets mascot Mr. Met welcomes Wexford hurler Shaun Murphy (L) and Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan to Citi Field in celebration of the New York Hurling Classic.

Two top hurlers Wexford hurler Shaun Murphy and Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan, who are playing in the three-game tournament, educated attendees about hurling and hosted an interactive skills demonstration.

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In addition, there was a draw to determine the opening matchups of the four-team tournament for the coveted Player’s Champions Cup. Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, is the official airline of the event and flew the players from Ireland to New York City for the event.

New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo examines a hurley with Wexford hurler Shaun Murphy (L), Gaelic Players Association Program Coordinator Colm Begley and Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan, as they teach him about the “fastest game on grass,” which is coming to Citi Field with the New York Hurling Classic.

New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo examines a hurley with Wexford hurler Shaun Murphy (L), Gaelic Players Association Program Coordinator Colm Begley and Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan, as they teach him about the “fastest game on grass,” which is coming to Citi Field with the New York Hurling Classic.

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.

Limerick will defend the Players Champions Cup against Wexford, Tipperary, and Kilkenny as the three counties competing in the New York Hurling Classic. 

Tickets for the New York Hurling Classic are currently on sale at www.mets.com/hurling.

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Kilkenny player Richie Hogan strikes a sliotar with his hurley from the mound during a ceremonial first pitch Citi Field before the Mets game on November 16.