Minneapolis pens two-year X Games extension
Minneapolis, in the US state of Minnesota, is to remain as host of the ESPN X Games, the series of extreme sports events owned and promoted by the cable sports broadcaster, until 2020.
The new two-year deal was announced yesterday, 100 days out from this year's summer X Games at the city's US Bank Stadium, home to NFL American football's Minnesota Vikings and site of this February's Super Bowl.
Minneapolis staged its first summer X Games in 2017, taking over from Austin in Texas.
Aspen, Colorado is the long-term host of the winter X Games.
Tim Reed, vice-president of X Games, said: “Our first year in Minneapolis proved what an incredible fan experience X Games at US Bank Stadium can offer and we are excited to build on that success over the next three years.
“Minneapolis and US Bank Stadium have quickly established themselves as a destination for the world’s top sport and entertainment brands and we look forward to building off of a terrific first year in Minneapolis.”
Melvin Tennant, executive director of Sports Minneapolis, and president and chief executive of Meet Minneapolis, added: “With a four-day attendance of nearly 110,000, the ESPN X Games gave fans a chance to enjoy some of the most thrilling athletes in the world last year, along with great concerts at an affordable price. Add to that the national and international coverage; it’s clear the X Games are a big win for Minneapolis.”
As well as the sports action, comprising BMX, skateboard and motocross, the X Games features internationally renowned musical acts and cultural festivals.
This year's games run from 19 to 22 July.