Resolution backs city’s bid for X Games

The City Council passed a resolution Friday supporting the city’s effort to bring ESPN’s Summer X Games to Minneapolis in 2017 and 2018.

The resolution highlights the city’s many assets that would make it a great host for the event, which features BMX, skateboarding and motocross events.

Minneapolis and SMG, the operator of U.S. Bank Stadium, have submitted a bid to host the games. The 2016 X Games were held in Austin, Texas in June.

City Council Member Jacob Frey (Ward 3) said X Games organizers have discussed putting up a permanent youth sports facility in Minneapolis if the city is selected to host the games.

In addition to the new U.S. Bank Stadium, the city touted the new Commons park, Target Field, Target Center and TCF Bank Stadium as great venues for the sports festival.

“Minneapolis is a young, vibrant, creative, beautiful city that welcomes the talents of all artists and athletes, and is ready to showcase tougher tricks, higher heights, and individual achievement from all Summer X Games participants,” the resolution noted.

The event got its start as the Extreme Games in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island, and then was rebranded as the Summer X Games the next year. It has been held in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and in Austin, Texas for the past three years.

City Council President Barb Johnson (Ward 4) said Minneapolis would be a great fit for festivities.

“We want to be competitive and make sure we land these games,” she said.

The winning bid is expected to be announced sometime in July.

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