Calgary to secure rights to Winter X Games
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Calgary to secure rights to Winter X Games

Last Updated Mar 13, 2019 at 10:40 pm MDT

 

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The city of Calgary has secured the exclusive Canadian rights to host the Winter X Games.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was joined by Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda and the CEO of Tourism Calgary in sharing the news Wednesday morning.

Tourism officials say they have been working for a decade to bring the X Games to Calgary.

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.

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.