After a decade of the Summer X Games being hosted in Los Angeles, CA, the so-called alternative Olympics of action sports is in a bidding process to relocate after LA’s final event this summer. On the radar include the 4 city finalists Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit; MI; and Charlotte, N.C. One of these cities will host the next phase of the X Games for a three-year period starting in 2014.
“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 X Games will announce the new host city later this summer of 2013.
Proposals from qualified cities in North America to host the winter version of the X Games are due in June. Currently the Winter X Games have been hosted in Aspen, CO.
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.