BOISE - Thousands came out to Rhodes Skate Park in Boise this past weekend to watch some of the world’s best extreme sports athletes. This as they vied for a chance to compete in this summer’s X Games in Minneapolis.
When it came to the event, the city of Boise had three main goals: safety and security, fan experiences, and production. All of which, the city of Boise tells KTVB were outstanding.
Although, the competition may be over and the seating taken down, the impacts of the X Games are still very much visible at Rhodes Skate Park.
“Boise is on the map for skateboarding right now,” Boise Skateboard Association President Josh Davis said.
This past weekend more than 7,000, of all ages, came out to watch some of the world’s best skateboarders and BMX riders compete against each other.
“It was kind of emotional to just see the, just the community support of this activity. It was unbelievable. It was really cool,” Greg Goulet with Prestige Skateboard Shop said.
An activity that’s had a trickle-down effect on skate shops, like Prestige.
“There was a lot of people coming in and getting their first board, which was, that's special,” Goulet said.
This is the first time in more than a decade athletes have gotten the chance to qualify for the big show. In previous years, a committee would determine who could compete in the summer X Games.
“The energy and excitement towards skateboarding was great, that's more than what we could hope for,” Davis said.
In all, the event cost just a little under $200,000; most of which came from donations. The city of Boise though did spend $60,000 to host the X Games qualifier.
“We believe it was a good investment because not only did we attract a lot of attention to Boise for those two days, but there will be two follow-up worldwide telecasts,” Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.
Holloway and the city of Boise spent about four months planning for the big event. He tells KTVB looking back, one thing they would change is seating.
“To have to force people to be in one little area to watch the event without additional seating requirements, that's kinda something I think we would really want to look at. Can we get more seating capacity in the park around the bowl,” Holloway said?
Will the city of Boise get a second chance? Over the course of the next two months, the city and ESPN are both going to do an evaluation of the event. Once the Summer X Games in Minneapolis are over, the two will get together to see if this is something that will come back next year.
“We'll determine together is this something that we want to do next year? Does ESPN want to do it in Boise and do we want to host it again in Boise? We believe that we do want to do that,” Holloway said.
A $1.3 million renovation of Rhodes Skate Park helped put Boise on the map just over a year later.
“You would like to say maybe the X Games will come here one day, and to see it come to fruition is amazing. I think it's a great opportunity,” Davis said.
The event will be re-broadcast on ESPN 2 Sunday, June 18.
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