Chi-town was the runner-up to Austin in the battle to host the X Games. Tough break but no reason why they can't be in-line after Austin. The city as the backdrop would be ideal and it's a world class sports city filled with rabid fans. Plus, could you imagine the promos the 'Da Bears' guys could do on skateboards?
Legalized cannabis, tourists, and extreme sports in The Mile High City? Yeah, that's goldmine.
Detroit needs something positive to happen for its down-ridden city and the economic boost from the X Games would help. Give them their shot. Tony Hawk campaigned for the city to host. Plus, have you seen Robocop? There's nothing to worry about, X Games fans.
It's only fitting that the home of the historical Kona Skatepark host the X Games.
Southern California is home of the board sports and the motocross sports. Long Beach would be a great fit and an improved change from the L.A. scene but close enough in distance to capture the target demographic for the X Games. You have surfing, many beaches, tons of skate parks nearby; you're also 20 minutes from Disneyland and an endless amount of tourist attractions and restaurants. Check out how many fans flock to the city to attend the Long Beach Grand Prix. It's a no-brainer.
The X Games should consider taking their talents to South Beach. Miami has hosted a lot of Super Bowls so they know how to do it 'big.' Plus, it has great weather, the best night life in the south, and has the fans to support the event.
The Big Easy is no stranger to hosting large events. Every single year it seems they are either hosting an NCAA Final Four, Wrestlemania, or a Super Bowl. There isn't another city out there who has a better resume when it comes to successfully hosting big sporting events. Why not go with the sure thing and let New Orleans host the extreme sports world's pride and joy?
Philadelphia hosted the X Games in 2001 and 2002 and didn't disappoint. Who can forget X Games Eight in Philly when Mat Hoffman landed the no handed 900-degree spin on a BMX? Bring it back and see if someone is willing to do any crazy tricks off the 'Rocky steps.'
San Antonio is another city Texas can offer to be a suitable host. In 2003, San Antonio hosted the Global Championships in the Alamodome. Imagine The River Walk as the backdrop for the games? The city has so much culture and a love for sports. If you're looking at possible destinations for the games, the second biggest city in Texas might be something you want to tackle.
Beautiful weather, beaches, Sea World, and it's only a couple of hours from the L.A. scene where the X Games had grown accustomed. Ron Burgundy would approve of this choice and isn't that all that matters?