Un April of 23005 ESPN announced that the Summer X Games will remain
in Los Angeles, California for the next 5 years, through 2009, with
the main events taking place at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles
and the Home Depot Center in Carson.
X GAMES TO REMAIN IN LOS ANGELES THROUGH 2009
11th Annual Summer X Games: August 4-7, 2005
ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International
Will Televise the Event Live
LOS ANGELES - In an unprecedented move for the X Games, ESPN, Inc. and AEG
have reached a five-year agreement that will keep the premier action sports
competition in Los Angeles through 2009. It was announced today by Ron Semiao,
Senior Vice President, ESPN Original Entertainment, and AEG President and
CEO Timothy J. Leiweke. Los Angeles, which has hosted the last two X Games
(2003, 2004), will now serve as the site for the next five, beginning with
X Games 11 Aug. 4-7, 2005 (previously announced in March). AEG - owner and
operator of STAPLES Center and The Home Depot Center, the two primary X Games
venues - represented the City of Los Angeles in reaching the agreement.
The distinctive arrangement marks a continuation in the X Games site
selection pattern. The event has rotated sites every two years:
Rhode Island (1995-96), San Diego (1997-98), San Francisco (1999-2000)
and Philadelphia (2001-02). Winter X Games has a long-term location in
Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. through 2007.
As part of the new pact, The Home Depot Center on the campus of
California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. will
host an increased number of X Games competitions, while other events
will return to AEG’s STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Wakeboard will
return to Long Beach Marine Stadium for X Games 11; the Surfing
venue will be announced at a later date. The annual X Games showcases
more than 150 of the world’s top athletes competing in BMX Freestyle,
Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. Tickets for X Games 11
will be available for purchase in mid-June at all Ticketmaster
locations, Ticketmaster.com and the box offices at STAPLES Center,
The Home Depot Center and Team LA at Universal CityWalk.
"The X Games culture and the City of Los Angeles have an indelible
connection," Semiao said. "The city's diverse population and amazing
climate mixed with AEG's world-class venues provide an ideal backdrop
for fans, athletes and sponsors. Like we’ve done for Aspen with the
Winter X Games, we’re thrilled to establish Los Angeles as a long-term
X Games home, which will allow for increased strategic planning and an
enhanced experience for all."
Leiweke added, "We are pleased to announce this extension of AEG’s
very important partnership with ESPN, an organization we consider the
best in sports content and distribution. The opportunity for Los Angeles,
STAPLES Center and The Home Depot Center to be the home of the world’s
most recognizable action sports event for the next five years will not
only have a huge impact on our economy but will provide the perfect
stage for the continued growth of this tremendous event. We are
grateful to ESPN’s George Bodenheimer, Mark Shapiro, Mark Quenzel
and Ron Semiao for their continued support and faith in Los Angeles
"Los Angeles is honored to host the premier action sporting event,
the ESPN X Games, for the third year in a row," said Los Angeles Mayor
Jim Hahn. "By calling Los Angeles home for the next five years,
the X Games will help us make history, and will play an important
role in expanding both the action sports industry and our economy
here in Southern California. I encourage all Los Angeles residents
and visitors to be a part of the X Games and help keep this remarkable
ESPN and AEG have worked together on previous arrangements,
including the ESPY Awards, World Cup and Major League Soccer
ESPN, ABC, ESP)N Deportes, and ESPN International to Televise Event Live
In the first year of completely live X Games coverage (2004),
X Games 10 delivered record average viewership, shattering the
previous year’s household average (the previous record) by 47%
according to Nielsen Media Research. The event also reached
record highs in several major demographic categories,
including 12-24 (overall and men) and 12-17 (overall and men).
ESPN and ABC will once again offer live X Games action this
summer, and for the first time the event also be aired live
on ESPN Deportes, the U.S.-based Hispanic fan network.
Portions of the X Games will also be televised live on ESPN
International to more than 75 countries and territories in
the Pacific Rim, Middle East and Africa. EXPN.com will offer
extensive online coverage.
ESPN Deportes serves the U.S. Hispanic sports fan via a
roster of branded initiatives, including ESPN Deportes, a
24-hour Spanish-language sports network launched
January 2004; ESPNdeportes.com, a fully integrated
Spanish-language website; ESPN Deportes Radio; ESPN
Deportes La Revista; and ESPN Deportes Wireless, which
offers Sprint and Verizon mobile phone subscribers
images of their favorite Latino sports stars.
About ESPN's X Games Franchise
ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed
its X Games franchise in 1995. Part of ESPN Original
Entertainment, X Games, Winter X Games and All Access are
just some of the original action sports programming currently
shown on ESPN and ESPN2. The brand has also grown to include
international X Games events, EXPN.com, EXPN Radio, the large
format film ESPN's Ultimate X, X Games skateparks and various
X Games-branded retail products.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters
in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz
Corporation, owns or controls a collection of companies
including facilities such as STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre
at Grand Prairie; sports franchises throughout the world
including the Los Angeles Kings and five MLS teams.
In addition, AEG has recently developed and opened The
Home Depot Center, a $150 million national training "campus"
in Carson, California designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site"
by the United States Olympic Committee that includes major
facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling,
action sports, beach volleyball and other sports.
The company’s live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is
the world’s number two-concert promotion and touring organization.
AEG is currently overseeing the development of L.A.
Live, a proposed four million-square foot development
featuring NOKIA Theatre Los Angeles, a 7,000-seat
state-of-the-art live theatre, a 55 story, 1200-room
convention "headquarters" hotel along with entertainment,
restaurant, broadcast studios, residential and office
space all adjacent to STAPLES Center. The company was
recently selected to fully develop the 28-acre
Millennium Dome and adjacent property located in
the eastern part of London along the Thames River
and will create new arenas within the Millennium Dome,
on a 50-acre site in the heart of Berlin, in Kansas
City, Missouri as well as outdoor stadiums in Chicago,
New York and Washington D.C. regions.
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