Austin chosen as the next Summer X Games Host


Austin will host the Summer X-Games next May at the newly built Circuit of the Americas site that opened last year. ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Austin had been chosen over three other finalists: Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago. 

The X-Games will take place May 15-18, 2014 and is one of six stops on the Global X-Games circuit. Austin, which recieved the bid for the next four years, is replacing Los Angeles as the host city. Los Angeles will host X-Games for the final time this August. 

"First of all, Austin as a city has done a terrific job over the last several years embracing big events," Scott Guglielmino,  ESPN's senior vice president for programing and Global X, said in a statement following the announcement. "When we got on the ground in Austin...and saw the facility, it felt very right very quickly." 

The COTA complex that lies southeast of downtown Austin, will host a majority of the events at the sprawling 1,600 acres. Some events will take place in downtown Austin.

Austin hosted a rally at the state capitol this past June to support its bid as the new host.