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Will Charlotte get X Games? Decision due Wednesday

Charlotte Motor Speedway will know Wednesday morning if it will host ESPN’s summer X Games for the next three years.

The bid, labeled X Games Charlotte, is one of four vying for the rights to host the extreme games event;. Detroit, Chicago and Austin, Texas, are the other three cities hoping to hear their names called at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The speedway’s bid has been in the works since last fall, and ESPN executives visited Concord last month to scout the site after narrowing down the field from 20 to four in April.

The four-day event includes skateboarding, BMX racing, rally cars and freestyle motocross. The speedway’s pitch, which labeled Concord and the Charlotte area “Speed City USA,” emphasized its ability to host large-scale events with its infrastructure and event planning from major NASCAR races.

The event has long been a staple in Southern California, but the sports cable giant and the city of Los Angeles could not reach a deal on a contract extension.

Community leaders from Charlotte and Concord wrote a joint letter to ESPN during the executives’ visit supporting the speedway’s bid for the X Games. The letter was signed by six leaders, including Concord mayor Scott Padgett and Charlotte Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan.

“Just as the Charlotte region helped to shape the adrenaline-pumping, speed-seeking sport of NASCAR from its earliest beginnings, it welcomes the opportunity to make history with the X Games, which also is committed to taking action sports to the highest level for its athletes and fan base,” the letter said.

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