X Games shift events from Home Depot Center to Coliseum

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The seventh edition of ESPN’s X Games in the Los Angeles area will expand to the Nokia Theatre and the Coliseum, making the event entirely in the downtown area from July 29 to August 1, the network announced today.

The Coliseum will be home to the Moto X Freestyle, Super X, Rally Car Racing, BMX Big Air, Skateboarding Big Air and Skateboarding Big Air Rail Jam. Most of those had been at the AEG-owned Home Depot Center in Carson for the last several years.

Those who remember Mickey Thompson Off-Road and Motocross events at the Coliseum back in the 1980s may have some flashbacks.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the X Games back at the Coliseum,” said Pat Lynch, general manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena. “As the original home to the precursor of the X Games, the original motocross, we truly appreciate and love showcasing this world-class action sports event.”

X Games 16 is scheduled for 31 hours of live programming on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and online at ESPN3.com (none, apparently, on ABC?) in high def.

“It has been seven years since we first had X Games events at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and ESPN couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning this year with several of our sports,” said Jack Wienert, ESPN executive director, X Games Event Management. “As the X Games franchise continues to grow, we are proud and excited about our continued great relationship with AEG as we expand our presence this year downtown at Staples Center and L.A. LIVE.”

Staples Center will continue to host Moto X Speed & Style, Step Up, Best Whip and Best Trick. L.A. Live will have the BMX and Skateboard Park and Street; the Nokia Theatre will now have the BMX Vert as well as the Skateboard Vert and Vert Best Trick.

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