It’s been two months since the list of more than 20 applicants was whittled to four finalists, each hoping to replace 11-year host city Los Angeles and stage the games from 2014-16. . . .
An ESPN spokesperson says they are “very far along in the process.” . . . The announcement will come prior to X Games LA, held Aug. 1-4 in Irwindale and downtown Los Angeles.
Detroit’s rivals for the four-day summer competitions for the three years are Chicago, Austin and Charlotte, N.C. The games, held in Los Angeles since 2003, feature skateboarding, inline skating, motocross, BMX biking and a one-mile car race. A Detroit River event could be added.
The host gains national broadcast exposure and a hefty economic impact from visitors, employment, construction of facilities and purchases of goods and services. Last summer’s games drew 144,700 people.