CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The city of Calgary has secured the exclusive Canadian rights to host the Winter X Games.
Tourism officials say they have been working for a decade to bring the X Games to Calgary.
Exciting news! Here's another awesome reason to plan a winter trip to the city—Calgary has secured the exclusive rights to host the first-ever X Games in Canada and funding from Alberta for the next three years! pic.twitter.com/SOJ2YI1o7w
— Tourism Calgary (@TourismCalgary) March 13, 2019
Plans were unveiled at the announcement for a 14-storey big air ramp at the Stampede Grandstand and to host the half-pipe ski events at Winsport.
For halfpipe skier Cassie Sharpe it’s more than a sports and culture event.
“The X Games is just a huge vibe. It’s an event where it’s not only about action sports, it’s not only about skiing and snowboarding.”
The city is providing over $1 million to help secure the games while the province is contributing $13.5 million.
What’s needed now is corporate sponsorships to secure the event in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
.@YourAlberta is helping bring the @XGames to Canada for the
1st time! This 4-day festival brings together more than 200 skiiers
& snowboarders from around the world – and the athletes who train in our
own backyard #XGames #YYC pic.twitter.com/8exdSb5QH2
— AB Culture & Tourism (@AlbertaCulture) March 13, 2019
Two time X Games medallist and Olympian Noah Bowman grew up in Calgary and was excited to hear the news.
“Potentially coming to Calgary, would be a major dream come true. I believe it’s the perfect place to host the X Games and it would just be so cool, it’s the perfect spot.”
The X Games has been running since 1995, with the first winter games taking place in 1997.
Calgary would be the first Canadian host of the Winter X Games in its history.