Austin may have had its name thrown around as a potential host city for the Olympics in 2024, but no one really took the idea too seriously. The city would have reached a breaking point with all of those visitors in town at once.
But Austinites are dead set on bringing another major sporting event into the city limits, and this one seems like a match made in heaven. The X Games is looking for a host city for its four-day action sports extravaganza for 2014-2016, and Austin is now in the final four.
To make the final decision, executives from X Games broadcaster ESPN will visit the city Wednesday, June 5 to get a firsthand look at what Austin can offer to one of their signature events. Grassroots supporters of Austin X Games are ready to step up with a huge rally of boards and bikes right in front of the Capitol.
The rally will welcome TV executives in true Austin fashion with live music and food trucks, plus weird events like a foam party, mechanical bull rides and a hearty game of dodgeball. X Games athletes including Chase Hawk, Sean Sexton and Tom Dugan will join the fun to promote why they think the Live Music Capital of the World can transform into the Extreme Sports Capital of the World starting in 2014.
The major selling point for the ESPN judges may not be Austin’s hospitality for major festivals (because no one doubts that) but the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, which was impressive enough to bring Formula One to America.
Austin is in stiff competition with Detroit, Chicago and Charlotte; so if you want to see some high-flying sports in the ATX, show your support at 6:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. The final decision is expected on July 1.
Of course it could just take throwing some Texas barbecue down in front of the judges. Good luck trying to find good brisket anywhere along the east coast or up north.