It's the end of an era. The Summer X Games have been held in and around downtown Los Angeles for more than 10 years, but the summer of 2013 will be the last appearance for the foreseeable future of the X Games in The City of Angels. For those keeping track, the X Games first took place in Rhode Island, followed by San Diego and San Francisco and then finally Philadelphia before finding a semi-permanent home in LA.

So, where will the Summer X Games be in 2014? That has yet to be decided, with ESPN (which runs the event) announcing a list of potential locations: Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Austin, TX; and Charlotte, NC. Whichever city wins will get a contract with the X Games for three years, meaning there may be another host city in 2017.

According to ESPN, "Detroit has been the most vociferous in its desire to host the games." We'd love to see X Games in Detroit, not that we have any sway over the decision, and you're welcome to watch a teaser video from some Detroit X Games backers down below.


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      SAM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Austin having gone to school there, but it\'ll be bloody hot! I currently live in LA, have lived in Detroit, and grew up in Florida. Can\'t beat LA summer weather, but that is obviously not an option. I\'d vote for either Detroit or Charlotte (which I\'d guess has similar weather to Gainesville, FL where I grew up); both of those locations should have lower peak temperatures than Austin.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
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      ehisforadam
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm from the Detroit area and I'm personally rooting for us to get it. I'm not familiar with the sporting venues in Charlotte or Austin, but Detroit has a football and baseball stadium and hockey area right downtown along with a good size convention center. There are plenty of parks, like the aforementioned Belle Ilse and you could certainly find a way to use some of the empty lots around downtown for different venues. They could even do an interesting concept with it like the Red Bull air races and include a bit of international fun with Canada just across the river.
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      While Detroit is, by far, the city that needs this the most, if they are chosen, it will be a smoke and mirrors sham. As with any other event held in The D, they will utilize a carefully scripted set of camera angles and venues that completely hide the real Detroit and therefore gloss over the very real problems the city is crippled by. Detroit loves to seek the attention, but has little interest in shining the spotlight on the real Detroit or its many issues. Clearing the rif raf and gangbangers off of Belle Isle for a weekend doesn't change the fact that it is a dangerous unmaintained dump the other 363 days of the year. Pretending that they don't exist won't solve any of your problems, Detroit.
        samich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Rif-raf and gangbangers on Belle Isle? Why did no one tell me about this?! Whenever I go there's families having reunions, autoworkers having barbecues, soccer and cricket teams, cyclists, fishermen. How could I be so blind to this assembly of "rif-raf" and "gangbangers"?!
        collabplan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Keep drinking that Kool Aid, guys. Detroit's making real progress, huh.....maybe get some streetlights working for starters. And, oh yeah, the 80,000+ abandoned houses. And the looming bankruptcy, etc....etc....etc....
          Gene Mack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @collabplan
          And interesting reply. Seems like you have drank the same Kool Aid, just a different flavor. I'll just drink water and rely on actual facts.
        Gene Mack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        While I won't dispute that has happened in the past, you obviously didn't watch the promo video, did you? They highlighted the blight and used the rawness of it as a backdrop to the extreme edginess (and roots) of the sports themselves. Even though I live here, I read the article and thought it wouldn't be a good fit in Detroit, until I saw the video and it actually makes perfect sense. Although most of the X-game athletes are now highly paid, highly sponsored celebrities, most got their start as kids riding in the streets. So Detroit becomes the perfect place to bring these games back to their roots. Whoever put the video together did an amazing job with the concept.
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        I believe everywhere that has a big event covers things up. But you mention Belle isle and gang bangers. I would go their almost daily in the summer never any problems. Think about it this way, if you live in detroit where is your other big park to go enjoy on a nice day, or have a family get together? yes its a multi cultural place and some from the burbs would think that makes it undesirable, because gasp black people are there enjoying themselves. Trust me Downtown is growing fast and its with high paid professional young people. the detroit most knew is changing, and for others who only look at it as a place to go when you want to see a sports game and think detroit is what they see in pictures of the fisher body plant or train station...well they are dinosaurs http://www.buzzfeed.com/tombellino/10-reasons-why-detroit-will-prove-critics-wrong-a104 "The New York Times reported in 2011 that in the last ten years, "downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35," making it one of the fastest-growing destinations for young professionals in America.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please go to Charlotte. That's the only place where people give a damn about it.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Ugh NO, this isn't Nascar wrong sport buddy.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pulling for CLT ESPN already has studios here. No unions to mess with unless you are the DNC. I\'d like something automotive other than NASCAR to happen here. The most dangerous/risky/exciting part of the X Games in Detroit or Chicago will be going from the hotel to the site without getting shot, mugged,...
      joeski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go to Charlotte, the Unions won't cost you a fortune. Plus Charlotte has the newest and best facilities anywhere.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit would be epic! It has my vote, Detroit is an excellent host to events
      Bassracerx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rooting for charolette
      Joel Bilodeau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Charlotte!
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      Austin will be ten times more fun to hang out in before/after the games each day, and CoTA is the perfect setting. Go Austin!
        Fucker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_I_I_II_I_I_
        I love that Austin people keep flying out CoTA - that place is 10-15 miles from the city center. That would be like Charlotte saying "Yeah, bring the X-Games to Charlotte! Belmont would great!" or Detroit saying "Woo Melvindale is perfect!". Every event could be in and around downtown Detroit. #XG2D
      Meghu Doshi
      • 1 Year Ago
      The X-Games are the annual competition like Olympics-style and is called sometimes as extreme sports. Winter X Games never received that much enormous popularity like the Summer X Games.http://www.whatisall.com/games-and-sports/what-are-the-x-games.html
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