Goodbye X Games

Goodbye X Games: ESPN loses the love for Austin in extreme sports affair

Goodbye X Games: ESPN loses love for Austin in extreme sports affair

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Austin will host its final X Games this summer.  Photo by Shelley Neuman

Bad news for extreme sports fans: X Games will not be returning to Austin after 2016. In a brief statement on Tuesday, ESPN announced it is looking for a new host city for 2017-2018.

The news of its departure from Austin comes as a surprise, as ESPN agreed to a four-year run (through 2017) at Circuit of The Americas.

Speculation of the departure centers around financial concerns with COTA. The venue is awarded state funding

"We've been honored to call Austin home of the X Games since 2014," said X Games Vice President Tim Reed in the statement. "We thank [Circuit of The Americas], the City of Austin, and State of Texas for their support and look forward to an amazing final X Games Austin."

There's no news yet on who will take the reins from Austin, but previous finalists included Chicago; Detroit; and Charlotte. 

X Games Austin will take over COTA one last time June 2 through 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 24.