Fenway Park could host Liverpool, Roma

Fenway Park could host Liverpool, Roma

Published Jan. 17, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Liverpool FC might be coming to Fenway Park next summer. The Boston Globe reports the Reds are in talks with Italian club AS Roma about playing a preseason friendly at the historic park in late June or early July.

"Throughout its 100-year history, Fenway Park has seen some of the best in athletic competition," Fenway Sports Management president Sam Kennedy said. "And while we are exploring the possibility of hosting a Liverpool match -- which certainly rises to that level -- nothing has been finalized."

The game would be part of a nationwide soccer tournament that would also involve Premier League club Chelsea FC and Scottish giants Celtic FC. Other games could be played at Yankee Stadium in New York and either Comiskey Park or Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The report also reveals that Liverpool is making tentative reservations to spend part of next summer in the Boston area.


The LFC-Roma game would be a contest between two European soccer clubs that have Boston-based owners. Liverpool is owned by Fenway Sports Group. Roma is led by a group that includes local businessmen Thomas DiBenedetto and James Pallotta.

Fenway Park captivated area soccer fans in July 2010 when it hosted Celtic FC and Portugal's Sporting CP. More than 32,000 fans were in attendance to see the teams play out a 1-1 draw. The game then went straight to a round of penalty kicks, which Celtic won 6-5.