CHARLOTTE, N.C. – And the winner is: Austin.
Charlotte has lost its bid to host the 2014 Summer X Games.
ESPN made the announcement Wednesday morning after an eight-month competition between the Texas capital, the Queen City, Chicago and Detroit.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Circuit of the Americas to bring the X Games to Austin in May,” said Scott Guglielmino, sr. vice president, ESPN programming and X Games. “We believe that Bobby Epstein, his team and the fantastic COTA facility provide a unique opportunity to grow the X Games in a new region of the country and in a city that has a proven track record of embracing big events. Throughout the site selection process we were very fortunate to have great interest from Chicago, Charlotte and Detroit. Ultimately, the combination of resources, support and fit brought us to Austin and we couldn’t be happier.”
Just last month, ESPN executives toured Charlotte Motor Speedway where the games would have been played.
"The survey was great. The facilities offer quite a bit. Lots of built-in infrastructure. Lots of seating. For the type of event we produce, the drag strip is pretty unique. The actual venue layout is pretty optimum for what we typically produce," said Tim Reed, Senior Director of Content Development for the X Games, while he was in town.
Charlotte Motor Speedway issued a statement after ESPN's annoucment. President Marcus Smith thanked the fans who supported the campaign and said, "We wish ESPN and event organizers the best of luck in Austin and will welcome the opportunity to bid for the X Games again in the future.”