In a move that is equal parts “really cool idea” and “predictable corporate synergy”, Liverpool FC announced today they will play a summer exhibition game against AS Roma at Fenway Park on July 25th. The game is part of a celebration of
cross-promotion and leveraging assets Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
As much as I want to cynically shove this aside, it sounds like a damn fine afternoon at the ballpark. The footballing giant of the 70s and 80s1 will use Boston as “Liverpool FC’s home base” throughout the Red’s North American tour, with pre-season training sessions at Harvard University.
The Red Sox are, of course, on the road the week of this friendly. After hosting the Blue Jays the afternoon of Sunday, July 22nd, the Fenway grounds crew has two days to prepare a top-class pitch for Luis Suarez and Francisco Totti to feign injury upon.
This event will be a no-doubt party for every single person who attends. Not unlike the recent NHL Winter Classic played on Frozen Fenway, the lubricated atmosphere will make up for the sheer distance from the action and overall crappy sightlines. Like a regular day at Fenway, really.
1 – Still very, very bitter over this.