City secures Canadian rights to bring X Games to Calgary

15 Mars, 2019, 16:40 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Canada's Alex Beaulieu Marchand competes in ski slopestyle at the X Games in Aspen Colo. in January

The Winter X Games in 1997 took place in Bear Lake, Calif., and features events in snowboarding, snowmobiling and skiing during the four-day-long competition.

Once complete it could host larger conventions and events, boosting tourism.

Noah Bowman is Calgarian and X Games silver and bronze medalist in ski superpipe and said his hometown is "the ideal place to host the X Games".

The event, which usually happens in late January, is now held in global venues throughout the world, and features not only sporting competitions but a full festival lineup with big-name musical performances. "The economic spinoffs are significant, and support our plans for tourism and economic development".

"We're very excited about the opportunity to bring X Games to Canada and are encouraged by the work that the City of Calgary and Government of Alberta have put in to reach this point", said Tim Reed, VP X Games, ESPN.

It's estimated hosting the games will spur $75 million in economic activity for the city. "This is an important first step to secure the X Games, and we expect that the events will support 540 jobs annually", said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland said this will make the BMO the centrepoint in the country.

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Alongside the sporting competition, X Games will also play host to live music performances and other similar events throughout the city.

"We want this to be permanent".

"If we could do this right and build it, it could be permanent at the Stampede grounds and Winsport."

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined by the Honourable Sandra Jansen, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure, His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, and David Sibbald, President and Chairman of the Board, Calgary Stampede, to announce funding for the expansion of the BMO Convention and Trade Centre in Calgary.

CALGARY-One of the world's top action and extreme sports events could soon come to Calgary, as the city has secured exclusive rights to host the Winter X Games for a three-year run.

Tourism Calgary says it has been working to bring X Games to the city for nearly a decade and the Alberta government has committed $13.5 million over the next three years to the project. "It's about brining Calgary to a world stage". "Canadian athletes have a rich tradition of high-level performance at X Games events and to bring the X Games to their backyard would be awesome".

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