ESPN Qualifies North American Cities as Potential X Games Hosts

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ESPN Qualifies North American Cities as Potential X Games Hosts

More than Twenty Entities Move onto Second Phase of RFP Process

 ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, has qualified entities representing more than 20 North American cities to move onto the second phase of the RFP process to host the X Games.  Two North American cities will be selected as X Games hosts with the hosting periods running for three consecutive years.  Following ESPN’s October announcement that it was exploring opportunities to move the event to new locations in North America after the existing agreements between Los Angeles partner AEG and Aspen’s Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) conclude in 2013 and 2014, respectively, interested entities formally submitted letters of intent.  The first hosting period will begin in 2014 and the second in 2015.  The aim is to explore different options and determine what is best for the progression and growth of the X Games franchise.  Official proposals from the qualified entities are due to ESPN by April 2.

 The X Games 2013 global expansion officially kicks off Jan. 24-27 at X Games Aspen and ESPN will continue to work with qualified cities and entities to help them better understand the details of the RFP process as well as the long-term strategy of the X Games franchise. 

The 17 cities that have met ESPN’s initial qualification guidelines and have chosen to be identified include: 

Qualified Cities            Representing Entity/Facility
Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado (winter) Aspen Skiing Company
Atlanta, Georgia (summer)         Atlanta Sports Council
Austin, Texas (summer) Circuit of the Americas
Charlotte, North Carolina (summer) Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chicago, Illinois (summer) Chicago Sports Commission
Detroit, Michigan (summer) Action Sports Detroit, LLC
Fort Worth, Texas (summer) Texas Motor Speedway
Houston, Texas (summer) Harris County – Houston Sports Authority
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada (winter) Lake Tahoe Sports Organizing Committee
Long Beach, California (summer) Coast Competitions of Long Beach
Minneapolis, Minnesota (summer) Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Assoc.
Montreal, Canada (summer) Gestev, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana (summer) Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
Park City, Utah (winter) Park City, Utah
Pasadena, California (summer) The Rose Bowl Stadium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (summer) Philadelphia Sports Congress/Comcast- Spectacor
Quebec City & Le Massif de Charlevoix, Canada (winter) Quebec Snow Sport Events, Inc. & Gestev, Inc.       


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Danny Chi, ESPN Communications, 310-642-1509; [email protected]

Katie Moses Swope, ESPN Communications, 303-290-7888; [email protected]




Grace Coryell

Based out of the LAPC in Los Angeles, Calif., Grace Coryell is manager of communications focusing on X Games and West Coast PR. A native Angelino, Coryell attended the University of Southern California and began working at ESPN in 2008.
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