Charlotte among finalists to host Summer X Games

Charlotte among finalists to host Summer X Games

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Shaun White celebrates his final skate on his way to a gold medal in the Skateboard Vert Final during day 3 of X Games 17 at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live on July 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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Posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:18 PM

CONCORD, N.C. – Charlotte Motor Speedway and the City of Charlotte have been named one of four finalists to host ESPN’s Summer X Games.

The announcement was made Tuesday that the Queen City is a contender to host the summer action sports competition beginning in 2014.

If selected, Charlotte Motor Speedway would host BMX, rally car, Moto X and more as athletes faced off each year for three years.

“We're honored to be one of four finalists in consideration to host the X Games in 2014 and beyond,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “In many respects, Charlotte Motor Speedway was one of the original action sports venues, having hosted world-class NASCAR and NHRA events that have drawn the attention of international audiences for more than 50 years.

“These events combine extreme action sports entertainment with the ESPN brand for more than 100,000 fans on site and tens of millions watching worldwide.  Like the annual running of our NASCAR races or last year’s Democratic National Convention, the X Games would bring a tremendous spotlight to the greater Charlotte region and the great state of North Carolina.

“As we move forward in the selection process, working with our business and tourism partners from across the region, we look forward to showing the ESPN selection committee what makes Charlotte the best fit for years to come.”

The other three finalist cities are Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, and Detroit, MI, narrowing the field from nine bid cities in January. Cities had until April 2 to turn in official proposals to ESPN.

ESPN will make site visits to each of the four finalist cities sometime in May and June before making their final determination; the host city will be announced later this summer.

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