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Old April 30th, 2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Detroit X Games Bid Chosen, City Is Finalist To Host ESPN's Summer Competition 2014-2

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It's official. Detroit wowed ESPN enough to be named a finalist in the sports network's quest to choose a host city for the Summer X Games beginning in 2014.

On Tuesday, ESPN announced the competing cities had been narrowed down to Detroit, Chicago, Austin, Texas and Charlotte, N.C. Organizers Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler, with the support of city administration, business leaders and other stakeholders, submitted their official bid for the project in early April.

"Detroit has been the most vociferous in its desire to host the games, at least on social media," ESPN said in the release that name-checked Krease and Koehler, as well as Quicken Loans founder and Detroit developer Dan Gilbert.

Krease, founder and director of the committee responsible for the bid, Action Sports Detroit, had his own explanation of the city's merits:

“Detroit is a front-runner in this race because it has a strong local community of support, an overflow of opportunity, and an energetic movement of young citizens striving to bring the event here," he said in a statement.

If the city is eventually chosen, the extreme sports competition would take place for three consecutive summers. Events like skateboarding, car racing, motocross and BMX would take place primarily downtown. Possible venues include Hart Plaza, Joe Louis Arena, Roosevelt Park, Ford Field, Belle Isle and the riverfront, where a new permanent skate park could be built.

Krease began angling for the X Games to come to Detroit since late last year, and in a few short months a cool idea turned serious. He quit his job to work on the bid full time, and Koehler moved from Chicago (one of the competing cities) to help.




They spent early 2013 consulting with venues, wooing big names like Dan Gilbert and determining prices of everything from winners' medals to forklifts. They've secured corporate donations for the event, as the host city is expected to cover a portion of the total. An early estimate for Detroit's buy-in was $7 million, around a third of the total costs in LA. But according to Crain's Detroit Business, their estimate for the total cost in Detroit is now closer to $9 million, significantly lower than LA's $20 million, and Detroit's responsibility would also be much lower.

Beyond the spreadsheet of figures and myriad requirements from ESPN, they sent the network an extra credit video, one they hoped might persuade the network what a stunning backdrop the city could be for the games. Detroit creative advertising agency The Work Inc. made the trailer.

ESPN said earlier they would make their final decision by August. Organizers aren't likely to be sitting around waiting, however.

“The final months of the bid process are focused on building out a more detailed plan for the three-day event, growing community and awareness and excitement through local events, and exposing ESPN to our movement and vision by hosting them for an official site visit, Krease said.

They just premiered the X Games trailer at a buzzy Eastern Market party, and said earlier they would work with others in the city to plan programming to complement the games, including a possible music and film festival.

"Our vision for this is to turn it into a cultural event, use an event platform to enable the people who are doing really neat things here," Krease told The Huffington Post earlier. "That's been my passion, trying to find the place to bridge all the corporate investment in the city with the grassroots things happening on the ground. This is the perfect event to be able to do that."
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Old April 30th, 2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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One event should be skateboard through the hood and see who can dodge the most bullets.

Or maybe downhill MTB crashing. I think kickstand could enter.
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One event should be skateboard through the hood and see who can dodge the most bullets.

Or maybe downhill MTB crashing. I think kickstand could enter.
No. Be more pro active.
It should be how many armed skaters can take out gang bangers while skating through Detroit.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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I hope Detroit doesn't get this...
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I hope Detroit doesn't get this...
Why not? Maybe another stupid decorative bridge structure can be constructed or more facades can be put up over blighted factories.

All the wonders of the super bowl can be brought back again.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Travel and you will see the only thing that will be good foe Detroit is a wrecking ball and a bulldozer...
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A waterfront skate park would be awesome
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Old April 30th, 2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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I would travel down there to watch. I love the x-games. I personally prefer the winter, but summer would be fun.
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Tubular and radical come to mind.
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That would be cool! They would actually have to clean the town up some
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Travel and you will see the only thing that will be good foe Detroit is a wrecking ball and a bulldozer...
The same could be said for the city you live in...
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Old April 30th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #12
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The same could be said for the city you live in...
Wrong my city is not a shit hole eye sore full of give me, give me, non-working social program welfare rats. Also my city does not have a history of our leadership stealing from the people. Detroit hasn't been able to say that since 1961. My city is not bankrupt. I do not have a 1 and 7 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, and I can walk where ever I want when ever I want and not have to worry if I'm going to make it home or be raped. What good things can you say about Detroit? I can't think of any. It truly is the armpit of American. Anyplace that has had more deaths than Afghanistan and Iraq in the last tens years doesn't deserved to be fixed or given a chance to host the xgames
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I agree with Hancho, only because I hope that Charlotte gets it now!
Besides that, hancho is no longer Mr.Rong, he is Mr.Negative. What a Debbie Downer.
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Wrong my city is not a shit hole eye sore full of give me, give me, non-working social program welfare rats. Also my city does not have a history of our leadership stealing from the people. Detroit hasn't been able to say that since 1961. My city is not bankrupt. I do not have a 1 and 7 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, and I can walk where ever I want when ever I want and not have to worry if I'm going to make it home or be raped. What good things can you say about Detroit? I can't think of any. It truly is the armpit of American. Anyplace that has had more deaths than Afghanistan and Iraq in the last tens years doesn't deserved to be fixed or given a chance to host the xgames
You say that like its a bad thing...
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I agree with Hancho, only because I hope that Charlotte gets it now!
Besides that, hancho is no longer Mr.Rong, he is Mr.Negative. What a Debbie Downer.
Rong! I just hate that eye sore, tax sucking, cess pool, wish it would burn down city they call Detroit. It's time has past, nothing there is worth saving, trash the place just like its residents do
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Wrong my city is not a shit hole eye sore full of give me, give me, non-working social program welfare rats. Also my city does not have a history of our leadership stealing from the people. Detroit hasn't been able to say that since 1961. My city is not bankrupt. I do not have a 1 and 7 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, and I can walk where ever I want when ever I want and not have to worry if I'm going to make it home or be raped. What good things can you say about Detroit? I can't think of any. It truly is the armpit of American. Anyplace that has had more deaths than Afghanistan and Iraq in the last tens years doesn't deserved to be fixed or given a chance to host the xgames
We can start with the DIA... The Boston Edison District... Cork Town... Nemo's... WSU... The Fox Theatre... The Masonic Temple... The Riverfront... I can go on for days... Just because YOU don't think they deserve it or don't deserve everything doesn't mean shit... A lot of people fail to realize that if Detroit goes down... The tri-county and 7+ million people are going to be affected real bad... Look Detroit isn't the perfect place but this city has a lot to offer and a lot to fix.... I'm glad the EFM is going through everything and going to clean house... Then it will turn around... Maybe not your life time... Maybe in the end of mine... But I can say that my kids will get to see the Detroit that was once was in before the 60's...
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We can start with the DIA... The Boston Edison District... Cork Town... Nemo's... WSU... The Fox Theatre... The Masonic Temple... The Riverfront... I can go on for days... Just because YOU don't think they deserve it or don't deserve everything doesn't mean shit... A lot of people fail to realize that if Detroit goes down... The tri-county and 7+ million people are going to be affected real bad... Look Detroit isn't the perfect place but this city has a lot to offer and a lot to fix.... I'm glad the EFM is going through everything and going to clean house... Then it will turn around... Maybe not your life time... Maybe in the end of mine... But I can say that my kids will get to see the Detroit that was once was in the 60's...
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Rong! I just hate that eye sore, tax sucking, cess pool, wish it would burn down city they call Detroit. It's time has past, nothing there is worth saving, trash the place just like its residents do
Just because you think the whole place is a cess pool doesn't mean shit nor does it mean it actually is...
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We can start with the DIA... The Boston Edison District... Cork Town... Nemo's... WSU... The Fox Theatre... The Masonic Temple... The Riverfront... I can go on for days... Just because YOU don't think they deserve it or don't deserve everything doesn't mean shit... A lot of people fail to realize that if Detroit goes down... The tri-county and 7+ million people are going to be affected real bad... Look Detroit isn't the perfect place but this city has a lot to offer and a lot to fix.... I'm glad the EFM is going through everything and going to clean house... Then it will turn around... Maybe not your life time... Maybe in the end of mine... But I can say that my kids will get to see the Detroit that was once was in before the 60's...
Let the trie-county area start voting on who runs the city and maybe things will change. The problem is that most people that give a fukc have left, died, or just no longer give a fukc and the shit that is left is running the ship.

You sound hopeful to see the city once again regain its glory. If that's the case I would suggest you work to change the sedentary mindset of the general population there otherwise the EFM is just going to be a temporary fix.
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Let the trie-county area start voting on who runs the city and maybe things will change. The problem is that most people that give a fukc have left, died, or just no longer give a fukc and the shit that is left is running the ship.

You sound hopeful to see the city once again regain its glory. If that's the case I would suggest you work to change the sedentary mindset of the general population there otherwise the EFM is just going to be a temporary fix.
The mindset is changing sorry that the news isn't broadcasting it... Or actually making postive news segments... That's hard and few between... A lot of people are making a change... You just don't see it in the news/papers...
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