HOUSTON - ESPN officials have informed the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority that the city of Houston has advanced to the next round in the request for proposal for the 2014 - 2016 X Games.
"Advancing in this bid process is a great win for our city," HCHSA CEO Janis Schmees said. "This RFP is as intense as a package for the Super Bowl, and we look forward to showcasing the great action sports facilities we can offer to ESPN."
Schmees and additional representatives will travel to Aspen, Colorado next week as part of Winter X Games 16 to meet with event officials to discuss further details in the RFP process and gain a greater understanding of the franchise's long-term strategy.
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. Final proposals are due to ESPN by April 2.
The X Games have been held annually since its inception in 1995 with the last nin 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.
Cities advancing to the next round of the RFP process for the 2014 - 2016 X Games include:
|Qualified Cities||Representing Entity/Facility|
|Atlanta, Georgia||Atlanta Sports Council|
|Austin, Texas||Circuit of the Americas|
|Charlotte, North Carolina||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Chicago, Illinois||Chicago Sports Commission|
|Detroit, Michigan||Action Sports Detroit, LLC|
|Fort Worth, Texas||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Houston, Texas||Harris County - Houston Sports Authority|
|Long Beach, California||Coast Competitions of Long Beach|
|Minneapolis, Minnesota||Meet Minneapolis, Conventio & Visitors Assoc.|
|Montreal, Canada||Gestev, Inc.|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation|
|Pasadena, California||The Rose Bowl Stadium|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Philadelphia Sports Congress/Comcast - Spectacor|