MINNEAPOLIS - A hundred days out from X Games Minneapolis 2018, ESPN has announced the pinnacle of extreme sports competition will remain in the Twin Cities through the end of the decade.
Already booked for this summer, Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium will host the yearly event in 2019 and 2020, ESPN said Tuesday, April 10.
"Following the success of the ESPN X Games in Minneapolis in 2017, we're excited to announce the X Games will stay in Minneapolis through 2020," said Melvin Tennant, executive director of Sports Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis president and CEO.
The 2017 iteration, the first to be hosted in Minnesota, had a four-day attendance of nearly 110,000. The 2017 X Games served as a preview of what hosting a high-profile sporting event would be like at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LII in February.
"Our first year in Minneapolis proved what an incredible fan experience X Games at U.S. Bank Stadium can offer and we are excited to build on that success over the next three years," said Tim Reed, vice president of X Games. "Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium have quickly established themselves as a destination for the world's top sport and entertainment brands and we look forward to building off of a terrific first year in Minneapolis."
X Games also announced its initial slate of athletes to compete in Minneapolis at the 2018 event, which runs July 19-22. Several gold medalists from 2017 will defend their titles, including Vince Byron on BMX vert and Levi Sherwood, winner of the Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick competition. Homestate hero Alec Majerus, from Rochester, will look to improve on his silver medal in the skateboard street event.
In true X Games fashion, a full lineup of musical performers will grace the stages outside U.S. Bank Stadium in July. DJs Zedd and Kaskade will perform, as will rappers Ice Cube and Minneapolis' Brother Ali.