ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, has chosen four North American cities – Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit; and Charlotte, N.C. – as final candidates to host a summer version of the X Games for a period of three years beginning in 2014.

If Charlotte is selected, a majority of the action sports contests, which range from skateboarding and BMX to Rally Car and Moto X, would be hosted at different venues within the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex.

“We're honored to be one of four finalists in consideration to host the summer 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 on 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.”

In October, 2012, ESPN announced that an RFP (Request for Proposal) process had begun to identify interested cities from North America as the existing agreement between Los Angeles partner AEG concludes in 2013.  In January, ESPN announced the nine qualified bid cities.  From January until April, ESPN engaged in discussions with the various cities as they assembled their proposals.  All official proposals from cities interested in hosting an X Games were due on April 2.

“The X Games have grown significantly and has been enjoyed by millions of fans over the past 10 years in Los Angeles,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games.  “Our partners AEG and the city of Los Angeles have been instrumental in our success.   As we embark on a year of significant global expansion and transformation for X Games in 2013, we are excited about the potential each of these cities bring, and look forward to identifying our next host city for the X Games.”

ESPN will announce the new host city later this summer.  Proposals from qualified cities in North America to host the winter version of the X Games are due in June. 

In May of 2012, ESPN announced it would be expanding the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain – joining X Games Los Angeles and Aspen to form a six-event schedule in 2013.