Calgary secures rights to host Winter X Games from 2020 to 2022

Calgary is stepping into the extreme sports arena with talks to host the Winter X Games for at least the next three years.

The city has secured exclusive rights to host the event in 2020 through 2022, subject to securing corporate sponsorship.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi made the announcement alongside provincial Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda and Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary CEO.

The city, through Tourism Calgary, will invest $1.8 million per year for three years to support the Winter X Games.

Miranda said the deal is “years in the making,” and the province has committed $13.5 million to hosting the event for the next three years.

The Stampede Grandstand would be transformed into a 14-storey jump for the competition, and a rendering from Manifesto Sports Management shows a built-in stage for musical performances.

Nenshi said the Winter X Games will support 540 jobs and bring 75,000 spectators to Calgary each year the city hosts the competition, which will also feature concerts and special events.

The mayor said the city projects $75 million per year in economic activity.

Noah Bowman, an X Games silver- and bronze-medallist in ski superpipe, said his hometown is “the perfect place to host the X Games.”

“I grew up skiing WinSport and X Games was always the pinnacle of our sport. We didn’t have Olympic opportunities at that point, either, and to have that potentially coming to Calgary would be a major dream come true,” Bowman said.

Cassie Sharpe, Olympic gold medallist and four-time X Games athlete, said the X Games “was the event that we all dreamed of going to — it still is for a lot of up-and-comers.”

“How big it is, how much fun it is, how much energy the crowds have — it’s just a super fun event to be a part of and hang out and attend.”

The event has featured some of the most renowned athletes in extreme and action sports, including American Olympic gold-medallist Shaun White and the late Caleb Moore.

Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain in Colorado has been home to the X Games for more than a decade. The 2019 competition ran from Jan. 24 to 27.

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