Houston a finalist to host 2014 X-Games

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by Stephanie Weaver / Harris County - Houston Sports Authority

khou.com

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 11:17 PM

HOUSTON – On Tuesday afternoon, the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority submitted its official bid to ESPN in the pursuit of bringing the 2014 - 2016 X Games to the Bayou City. 

In January, ESPN named Houston as one of 13 cities in consideration to host the games as the network and event look to change locations for the first time in nine years. 

"With our diverse community, state of the art venues, and experience in sports events, I think we have put together a great bid," HCHSA CEO Janis Schmees Burke said. "We have competition from across the country, but we think Houston has made a great case for the games"

Potential venues the X Games would be held in if Houston were to win the bid include Reliant Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, and the Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park. Additional events would be held throughout the community including concerts, films, and award presentations at Discovery Green.

In October, ESPN announced that it would explore opportunities to host the event in a new location, and interested cities were asked to submit a letter of intent. 

Later this spring, ESPN is expected to announce cities advancing to the last round of the process and conduct a final tour of site visits.

The X Games have been held annually since its inception in 1995 with the last nine consecutive summer games anchored around Los Angeles, California. 

Known for hosting consistently large audiences and top action sports athletes, the X Games span a wide range of motocross, skateboarding, and BMX events.

 

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