Providence being considered for 2017-2018 X Games
By Bianca Buono
Providence is being considered as the host city for next year’s X Games. The games originated in Rhode Island in 1995, then called the Extreme Games, in Newport. Areas of Providence, like College Hill and Roger Williams Park, were used during those games. Now, the world famous games could be coming back to where they all began.
"There is a bid that the city and the state have submitted and we’re very excited about its prospects,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
The X Games, based out of Newport in 1995 and Providence in 1996, are looking for a new home for 2017 and 2018.
ABC6 spoke with an X Games official who said the history of the games in the capital city may help its chances.
"It’s a great story line of it’s where we started you know we’ve got some great connections there. Our roots are there,” said Ryan McGuinness, the Director of Event Development of the X Games.
The games typically draw up to 300 athletes and 140,000 fans. They could boost the local economy by an estimated $100 million.
"And it’s not just the same Rhode Island money re-circling. It’s folks from out of state,” Elorza said.
The events would take place at a number of sites across the area, but we’re told the main venues would be the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the vacant 195 land. Ten cities are currently being considered and McGuinness says his team has visited all of them. We asked him what stands out about Providence.
"The energy, just the ability to do everything I think right within the downtown urban core is something that’s pretty attractive to us,” said McGuinness.
We’re told three to five finalist cities will be announced at the same time as this year’s Austin X Games. The X Games will make their decision on the host city in early July.
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