LOS ANGELES- In an unprecedented move for the X Games, ESPN, Inc. and AEG have reached a five-year agreement that will keep the premier action sports, competition in Los Angeles through 2009. It was announced today by Ron Semiao, Senior Vice President, ESPN Original Entertainment, and AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke. Los Angeles, which has hosted the last two X Games (2003, 2004), will now serve as the site for the next five, beginning with X Games 11 Aug. 4-7, 2005. AEG - owner and operator of STAPLES Center and The Home Depot Center, the two primary X Games venues - represented the City of Los Angeles in reaching the agreement.
The distinctive arrangement marks a continuation in the X Games site selection pattern. The event has rotated sites every two years: Rhode Island (1995-96), San Diego (1997-98), San Francisco (1999-2000) and Philadelphia (2001-02).
As part of the new pact, The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. will host an increased number of X Games competitions, while other events will return to AEG's STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The annual X Games showcases more than 150 of the world's top athletes competing in BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard.