DETROIT – The X Games are looking for a new home, and Detroit is in the running.
The event, which has been held in Southern California for more than 10 years, is searching for a new destination city staring next year.
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.
Last October, the organization took bids from cities looking to host the games. During an Olympic-style bidding process groups representing each city sent in proposals as the contract between the X Games and AEG, was set to expire after the 2013 X Games in Los Angeles.
"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 said in a statement. "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."
Who made the cut:
Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C. have all been selected as finalist cities.
Ultimately, the city chosen will receive a three-year contract to host the North American summer stop on the X Games global tour beginning in 2014.
ESPN announced in January that Detroit was among the cities it was considering and says Detroit has been the most vociferous in its desire to host the games, at least on social media.
The committee representing the Detroit bid started a Facebook and Twitter campaign and a website encouraging people to sign up to "join the movement."
Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers, added his support to the committee headed up by Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler.
How to help bring X Games to Detroit:
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.
The new host city is expected to be announced this summer.