Movement under way to get Summer X Games to Detroit

Detroit up against more than a dozen other cities to host from 2014 through 2016

Published On: Apr 04 2013 10:29:55 AM EDT
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DETROIT -

Will you join the movement to help bring ESPN's Summer X Games to Detroit?

Detroit residents Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler, along with other area game enthusiasts, submitted a bid for the city to be considered as a host city for the games from 2014 through 2016. 

ESPN announced in January that Detroit was among the cities it was considering.

In an interview with the Huffington Post Detroit, Krease and Koehler said it took them about a year to convince stakeholders to get on board with the idea.

The pair teamed up with Quicken Loans to filter through ESPN’s requirements and provide estimates for what it would cost to execute this massive event. 

There's even a website and Facebook page to support the bid.

According to the X Games to Detroit website, their mission is to create a global platform to communicate the story of Detroit by constructing a media partnership and brand alignment with ESPN’s X Games.

Operating as Action Sports Detroit LLC, they plan to hold most of the events throughout the downtown area, including a potential permanent skate park on the riverfront.

ESPN will announce the finalist cities by the end of April and will pick a winner by August. 

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About the X Games:

The X Games are global extreme sports competitions, first organized by ESPN in 1995. The Summer X Games include skateboarding, car racing, motocross and BMX events.

Other cities Detroit is up against:

Long Beach, Pasadena, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, which previously hosted the X Games in 2001 and 2002, prior to the move to Los Angeles in 2003.