Four Cities Move Forward as Finalists Vie to Host Largest Action Sports Event
ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, has chosen four North American cities – Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit; and Charlotte, N.C. – as final candidates to host a summer version of the X Games for a period of three years beginning in 2014.
In October, 2012, ESPN announced that an RFP (Request for Proposal) process had begun to identify interested cities from North America as the existing agreement between Los Angeles partner AEG concludes in 2013. In January, ESPN announced the nine qualified bid cities. From January until April, ESPN engaged in discussions with the various cities as they assembled their proposals. All official proposals from cities interested in hosting an X Games were due on April 2.
“The X Games have grown significantly and has been enjoyed by millions of fans over the past 10 years in Los Angeles,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games. “Our partners AEG and the city of Los Angeles have been instrumental in our success. As we embark on a year of significant global expansion and transformation for X Games in 2013, we are excited about the potential each of these cities bring, and look forward to identifying our next host city for the X Games.”
ESPN will announce the new host city later this summer. Proposals from qualified cities in North America to host the winter version of the X Games are due in June.
In May of 2012, ESPN announced it would be expanding the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain – joining X Games Los Angeles and Aspen to form a six-event schedule in 2013.