MINNEAPOLIS - The extreme sports competition known worldwide as the X Games has apparently found a home in Minneapolis.
On Tuesday ESPN announced that a deal has been struck to keep the cutting-edge competition anchored at U.S. Bank Stadium for another two years, through 2020. The development was announced 100 days from the 2018 competition, the second one to unfold in Minneapolis.
“Our first year in Minneapolis proved what an incredible fan experience X Games at U.S. Bank Stadium can offer and we are excited to build on that success over the next three years,” said Tim Reed, vice president, X Games. “Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium have quickly established themselves as a destination for the world’s top sport and entertainment brands and we look forward to building off of a terrific first year in Minneapolis.”
Meet Minneapolis says that the 2017 X Games drew well over 100,000 die-hard fans and curious onlookers downtown to see competitions, concerts, and to bask in Minnesota hospitality. Organizers say like Super Bowl 52, it puts Minneapolis, the greater Twin Cities and Minnesota in the international spotlight.
“Minneapolis is tailor-made to host ESPN’s X Games,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “With a zip line over the Mississippi and Levi LaVallee’s backflip on a snowmobile in the heart of downtown Minneapolis this winter, we’ve shown the world we know how to live on the edge and what we can do as a world-class host for major sporting events. That’s why it only makes sense that our city will be the home of the X Games through 2020.”
Tickets for the 2018 X Games Minneapolis are available now at XGames.com. This year’s extreme sports event will feature four days of Skateboard, BMX, Moto X and Harley-Davidson Flat Track competition at U.S. Bank Stadium. The GEICO music stage just outside U.S. Bank Stadium will host musical performances by superstars Kaskade, Brother Ali, Ice Cube and Zedd.
Tickets will start at $20 for general admission and $50 for three-day passes. Multi-day admission, several levels of hospitality, suites and travel packages are also available, as are exclusive limited floor access passes that offer guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with all the action.