PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Park City officials will meet Friday to discuss the possibility of submitting a bid to host the Winter X Games starting in 2015.
The meeting is being organized by the Park City Chamber and will include officials from Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The director of special events for the Park City Chamber, Bob Kollar, told ABC 4 News reporter Emerson Lotzia that the idea of bringing the X Games to town is in its early stages.
ESPN, the creator of the X Games, is requesting proposals from cities interested in hosting the winter event in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The existing agreement with Aspen's Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) expires after 2014. ESPN says it is seeking opportunities to move the event to new locations in North America and offer fans in those cities a chance to experience the X Games.
November 30 is the deadline for cities to declare their intent on submitting a proposal. A week later, on December 7, ESPN will name the qualified cities that submitted bids to host the event. The new host city will be selected sometime before February 2014.
From the 2002 Winter Olympics, to the World Freestyle Championships, to the Sprint Grand Prix for snowboardcross, Park City has plenty of experience hosting some of the biggest winter sports events in the world.
Since 2002, the Winter X Games have been held in Aspen, Colorado. The 4-day event can produce up to $3 million a day in retail sales alone.