Ice Cross Downhill

Get all the facts and figures about Red Bull Crashed Ice in Boston

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Written by Daniel Ortelli
Here's what went into creating the first-ever ice cross downhill track built in a stadium ahead of this weekend's race at Boston's iconic Fenway Park.
The track used by riders this weekend at the final Red Bull Crashed Ice of 2018/19 in Boston is a masterpiece of modernity, innovation, and hard work that's placed right in the middle of the Fenway baseball pitch, one of the oldest ballparks in North America. Here are a few facts and figures, in order to better understand how it was made possible.
  • It took six weeks to build the track, all the way from the end of December, and in all weather conditions, including rain, snow, and biting cold.
  • 18km (over 60,000 feet) of 15cm wide cooling mats are used to chill the racing surface.
  • 20m (66 feet) is the highest elevation of the track. The starting gate is sat at that height, which is the equivalent of a seven storey Boston condo.
  • 280m3 (10,000 cubic feet) of snow were trucked out of Fenway Park after a snowstorm during the track build.
  • 350m (1,150 feet) is the final the length of the track.
  • 640 sheets of plywood were used to cover the surfaces for walking, and to build the course features, creating over 1,858m2 (20,000 square feet) of surface area. The track itself is only 535m2 (5,760 square feet).
  • 1912: the year that Fenway was inaugurated, on April 20. The construction of the original stadium had started in September 1911, and lasted a little over six months, for a total initial cost of $650,000.
  • 9,000 pieces of steel scaffolding were used to build the structure of the track. Eight course features were built out of custom rolled steel tubing fabricated to fit into the scaffolding system consisting of eight pieces each (64 total). This is the first time this has been done for Red Bull Crashed Ice.
A nighttime view of the Red Bull Crashed Ice track in Fenway Park, Boston.
The stunning 350m track is primed and ready for action
  • 9,940m2 (107,000 square feet) of aluminum flooring has been used to protect the field of the Boston Red Sox. It was delivered over three days by 16 semi trucks, with nine forklifts and a 54 person crew needed to install it on the pitch.
  • 35,000 man-hours have gone into building the scaffolding, track features, boards, and making the ice.
  • 37,731 spectators is the maximum capacity of Fenway Park for a baseball game. A smaller capacity of approximately 15,000 is expected for the first-ever Red Bull Crashed Ice race in a stadium.
Scott Croxall tests out the Red Bull Crashed Ice track in Fenway Park, Boston.
Scott Croxall tests out the Fenway track during a practice run