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Big Air at Fenway

For a big cold chunk of the year, Coca-Cola Field sits empty. During the original Powder Keg Festival, there were talks of utilizing the field for winter activities for years to come, though it never really panned out that way. This morning, my sister who lives in Boston, sent me a link to a feature in the Boston Globe titled ‘Guide to Big Air at Fenway‘. The guide details the current efforts underway that have transformed Fenway Park into a freestyle snow globe. A 140’ ramp, 14 storeys tall, has been constructed, which has attracted a number of big names in the snowboard and freestyle skiing circuit.

Having a baseball field sitting in the middle of downtown Buffalo is great, when it’s warm out and the balls are flying. Then there’s the rest of the year. Big Air at Fenway incorporates a couple of other sight and sound spectaculars into the event, other than the giant snow covered launch ramp. There’s live music and a movie premiere featured throughout the two-day festival.


I’m not saying that Buffalo should necessarily go out and duplicate this effort. I’m merely saying that there are other exciting opportunities to consider in the wintertime, at places that might normally be out of sight and out of mind. The greatest asset of a baseball stadium, no matter the season, is its stadium seating. The vantage points onto the action are tremendous, and of course there are bathrooms, concessions, and other amenities that make the venue super handy. Wouldn’t it be great to see our own baseball stadium activated in a similar manner?

Images: Fenway Park

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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