Chicago loses bid to host 2014 X Games


It’s Rio deja vu all over again. Chicago has lost its bid to host the summer X Games, ESPN’s made-for-TV extreme sports competition.

ESPN announced Wednesday that Austin, Texas will host the summer X Games for four years beginning in 2014. The four finalists were Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., Austin and Detroit.

The summer X Games, which have been held in Los Angeles since 2003, will move next spring to the Circuit of The Americas, a 1,500-acre racetrack and sports complex in the Texas capital.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Circuit of the Americas to bring the X Games to Austin in May,” Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and X Games events, said in a statement. “The fantastic COTA facility provide(s) 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.”

The announcement ends an eight-month process that winnowed down a field of 13 potential host cities to the final four, which were announced in April.

Chicago was vying to snare the high-profile X Games, which would have brought about $50 million in economic impact to Chicago per year, according to a recent study. The games, held over four days, were set to take place in the United Center and on its adjacent parking lots.,0,4341560.story


Wonder if all those murders in the city of Chicago had anything to do with it....