Charlotte is one of four finalist cities to earn three-year contracts to host the North American summer X Games starting in 2014, ESPN announced Tuesday.
After more than 10 years in and around downtown Los Angeles, the X Games will depart from Southern California for a new destination. The other cities in contention are Detroit, Austin, Tex., and Chicago.
"The X Games have grown significantly and been enjoyed by millions of fans over the past 10 years in Los Angeles," Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games said in a statement.
"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."
A decision is expected in June.
If Charlotte is selected, a majority of the action sports competitions, which range from skateboarding and BMX to RallyCar and Moto X, would be hosted at different venues within the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex.
“We're honored to be one of four finalists,” 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.
"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 the great state of North Carolina."
The X Games (originally known as the Extreme Games) were first held in Rhode Island in the summer of 1995. Two years later, ESPN added the Winter X Games;
The 2010 X Games, hosted by Los Angeles, had an economic impact of at least $50 million, according to a 2010 study by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission.
Also In 2010, ESPN broadcast 31 hours of original content live from the X Games, reaching all 50 states, 175 countries and more than 380 million households around the world, according to the study.
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