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Charlotte loses bid for X Games


Charlotte will not be hosting the X Games for the next four years.

ESPN named Austin, Texas as the host city for the next four years.

Charlotte, Detroit, Chicago, and Austin, Texas were named the finalists last spring.

Austin was chosen from a pool of four finalists and will replace longtime host Los Angeles, which is bidding adieu to the X Games later this month after 11 years in the summer spotlight. Austin's inaugural X Games are set to take place May 15-18, 2014, ESPN said in a news release.

The Austin X Games will take place more than two months earlier than the event they're replacing, due largely to the city's stifling summer heat.

"After several months of hard work by our staff and hearing from thousands of extreme sports fans who wanted the X Games here in the Charlotte region, we're naturally disappointed that we weren't selected as next year's host site. We put our best foot forward with a very competitive bid and received high praise from ESPN throughout the process. We want to sincerely thank the fans and everyone who has supported this effort," said Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith.

"In spite of this missed opportunity, the Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMAX Dragway 2014 event calendars will feature the world's most diverse schedule of motorsports entertainment, and we've recently added the 50th birthday celebration for the Ford Mustang to next year's car show lineup. We wish ESPN and event organizers the best of luck in Austin and will welcome the opportunity to bid for the X Games again in the future."

Concord Mayor Scott Padgett said that the area will continue to focus growing its tourism base.

"The City of Concord, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Cabarrus County has proven through the years that we know how to handle major sports and entertainment events in our community. The facilities at Charlotte Motor Speedway are first-class and will continue to bring events, such as the Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive and Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in April, 2014," Padgett said in his statement.

Each city took to the airwaves and social media to push their brands. Local leaders believe Charlotte has a very good chance to host the games because we have Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Z-Max Drag Strip, two locations where the X-Games would be showcased.

ESPN also has a broadcast center not too far away.

The X-Games includes motocross, BMX racing, and competitive skateboarding.

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