Do you remember when there were street lugers flying down College Hill? The ESPN X Games have become the pinnacle of extreme sports competition over the past two decades, but it’s often forgotten that the Games were born in Rhode Island, which hosted the pre-X “Gravity Games” in Newport 1995 and the first Extreme Games (later, X Games) in 1996 in Providence.
Now, the state is reportedly putting together a bid to bring the x Games back to Providence in 2017 and 2018, according to GoLocalProvidence. “The Commerce Corporation and tourism leaders have put together an aggressive package that includes rent free usage of the 195 land, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and a financial commitment of $1.1 million in incentives,” GoLocalProv reports. “Most of the games would be played on the site that the Pawtucket Red Sox sought to build a Providence baseball stadium, including the park land along the river. As noted during the debate over the proposed PawSox stadium, that site has numerous physical complications. The location adjoins where the new pedestrian bridge is planned to cross the Providence River from Dyer Street and South Water.”
The 2016 X Games are being held in Austin, Texas; Providence has recently been hailed as “the next Austin,” so it only makes sense that ESPN would give strong consideration to returning the games to their birthplace!