X Games Staples Center Facts and Information
The programming division of ESPN in 1993 came up with the idea of holding a meet for athletes from the different, or extreme, sports. After nearly two years of research, the first Extreme Games were held in Rhode Island and at Mount Snow, Vermont, from June 24 through July 1, 1995.
Competition in nine sports involved 198,000 audiences. Based on that success, ESPN determined to do it again in 1996, when the name was altered to the X Games.
Rhode Island again hosted the X Games event, which drew about 200,000 spectators. Meanwhile, the network had announced that the first Winter X games would be staged at the Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, California, from January 30 through February 2, 1997, featuring competition in ice climbing, shovel racing, snowboarding, snow mountain bike racing, and a multi-sport crossover.
The 1997 and 1998 Summer X games were staged in San Diego. The second Winter X Games, in 1998, were held at Crested Butte, Colorado. Crested Butte also hosted the Winter Games in 1999, when the Summer Games encouraged to San Francisco for two years.
Summer attendance climbed incessantly over a three-year period, to 221,000 in 1997, 233,000 in 1998, and 275,000 in 1999. ESPN hasn't released audience figures since then, so the guess is that they've reached a table or declined somewhat.
Attendance at the Winter X Games hasn't been almost as high. Big Bear Lake drew 38,000 spectators in 1997, but that dropped to 25,000 in 1998 and was likely at "more than 30,000" in 1999.
The Winter X Games then stirred to Mount Snow, Vermont, which drew 83,500 spectators in 2000. However, that dropped to about 50,000 in 2001. Again, ESPN hasn't released audience figures since then.
The Summer X Games were staged in Philadelphia in 2001 and 2002, while the Winter Games moved to Aspen, Colorado, for two years, launch in 2003.
ESPN has developed several other proceedings related to the X Games. The X Trials are qualifying events; the X Games Road Show is a two-day interactive expo that travels just about the country; and the Xperience is a promotional tour for the X Games themselves.
For the Past 2 years Summer X Games have been held in Staples Center Los Angeles. Los Angeles Staples Center X games will in LA for the next few years as ESPN signed a contract with Staples Center for X games.
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