X Games moves to Minneapolis
Welcome to Minneapolis
After three successful years on the ground in Austin, Texas, X Games is moving... to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 2017 summer event. X Games will return to Aspen, Colorado, in January of 2017 for the winter event, and next July, X Games will touch down at the U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. What follows is an inside look at the new host city, from athletes to culture and more. Here, a group of Minneapolis skateboarders make their way across the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis.
Welcome to the U.S. Bank Stadium
Starting in 2017, the Minnesota Vikings will have a new visitor inside the U.S. Bank Stadium. That's right, X Games Minneapolis will be hosted inside the new stadium, which features 73,000 seating capacity and easy accessibility for visitors. The Vikings will play their first game inside the stadium in September of 2016.
Rich skateboarding history
Minneapolis is rich with skateboarding history, and the downtown area has been skated for more than 25 years. Minneapolis and the surrounding areas are also home to a good amount of professional skateboarders, including Steve Nesser, Clint Peterson and Davis Torgerson (pictured here).
The City of Lakes
Minneapolis is known as the "City of Lakes," and all of the surrounding water creates some great architecture to skate or ride. Brian Kachinsky (pictured here) is from nearby Wisconsin, but has ridden the downtown Minneapolis area for years. Here, he tailwhips out of a bridge support in Minneapolis.
Stacked with skate spots
Here, Russell Grundy kickflips an old grain silo in Minneapolis. Yes, X Games Skateboard Street competitors will have plenty to keep them busy outside of X Games competition.
Music is an important part of any X Games event, and Minneapolis boasts a rich and diverse musical history and scene. From the likes of Prince (pictured here) to The Replacements and even Soul Asylum, the Minneapolis music scene is stacked with talent. Stop in for X Games, then maybe take in the night life at the world renowned First Avenue nightclub.
Long thought of as perhaps the hippest area of Minneapolis, Uptown borders Lakes Calhoun and Isles. Packed with bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., its most famous feature is the Uptown Theater. Here, semi-local Davis Torgerson pushes through the city.
BMX runs deep
BMX runs deep in the Minneapolis area. From world renowned BMX website BMX Union, based in nearby Rochester, Minnesota, to legendary BMX riders such as Tony Mortenson (pictured here), Minnesota's roots run deep. Here, Mortenson fufanus a tree branch out of a long since gone Minnesota ramp.
Mike Anderson calls Ventura, California, home, but has made frequent visits to Minneapolis to skate the city. Here, Anderson frontside flips an urban hip while dodging the skate stoppers on the way in in downtown Minneapolis.
On the water
Minneapolis is justifiably proud of the many lakes contained within city limits. The most popular are Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles. Calhoun and Isles are connected, and Harriet is just south of Calhoun. They're within five miles of downtown. And oh yeah, there's the Mississippi River running straight through downtown.
Minneapolis local Jack Olson switch 5-0's the rail at Familia Skatepark, owned by pro skater Steve Nesser. With a harsh winter climate, an indoor facility was necessary for the local skate population, and Nesser made it happen.
Inside the stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium is the largest public works project in Minnesota history. Primarily known as the home of the NFL football team the Minnesota Vikings, it will be the fourth-most expensive stadium in the National Football League. It's also the new home of the X Games.
Maryland local Brad Simms has competed in past incarnations of BMX Street at X Games, but he's most at home traveling and filming impressive riding sections. Here, Simms powers through a Minnesota gap en route to a smooth landing.
Dacing in the streets
Following the unfortunate news of Prince's death in late April of this year, Prince fans in Minneapolis flocked to the streets outside of the First Avenue nightclub to pay tribute to the artist's memory. The party lasted into the morning hours.
You take the skyway
Since the late 1970s, Minneapolis rock band The Replacements have won over fans with their many tributes to the city that birthed their music. Considered pioneers of the alternative rock sound, The Replacements played their final show in 2015. Lead singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg (pictured here) continues to make Minneapolis-based music as a solo artist, but the influence of The Replacements will not be forgotten anytime soon.
What's the time?
Since the 1980s, Morris Day and The Time have been known as pioneers of the Minneapolis sound alongside Prince. To this day, the band still performs and considers Minneapolis their only home.
In early January of this year, Minnesota native Levi LaVallee filmed an urban snowmobiling video in nearby St. Paul that went viral within mere hours of its release. Here, LaVallee performs a heart attack in front of an iconic St. Paul location. Although LaVallee won't be competing in summer events, he is definitely happy to see the X Games on home turf.
Snocross racer Tucker Hibbert is the greatest rider in Snocross history, with more wins than any other racer to his name. He's also a multiple X Games gold medalist and a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Will he be on hand for X Games Minneapolis? Of course!
Skateboarder Alec Majerus was raised in nearby Rochester, Minnesota, and although he's since made the move to California, he has a special place in his heart for his home state. In the past year, Majerus has released video parts for X Games Real Street, Volcom and Adidas. It's safe to say he knows how to hustle.
X Games Minneapolis is a go!
X Games Minneapolis lands in Minnesota on July 13-16, 2017, and we can't wait to turn it on at U.S. Bank Stadium.