The Road to X Games: Boise Qualifier in the City of Trees, is returning to Boise after a successful turnout from 2017. The Road to X Games is a free two-day event on June 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The X Games gathers top athletes to compete for an invitation to the X Games in Minneapolis in July.
The Boise City Council approved an agreement earlier this year to have it held at Boise’s Rhodes Skate Park. According to a statement by Mayor David Bieter in a press release, the X Games’ return is expected to bring an international audience to Boise.
“The excitement and success of last year’s event made it an instantly iconic event with Boiseans and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome ESPN and these world class athletes back to Boise to compete,” Bieter said in the press release.
According to the City of Boise, The Road to X Games series features 60 invited athletes in three different disciplines. The three different categories include: Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. The top finishers in Friday’s elimination round will move to the final round on Saturday.
“The Road to X Games: Boise Qualifier was an amazing event and it was great to see such strong attendance and community engagement, particularly for a first-year event,” said ESPN X Games Director of Event Development Ryan McGuinness in a press release. “We couldn’t have asked for a better host and look forward to continue building on that this year with the return to Rhodes Skate Park.”
While the event is free to the general public tickets are also on sale for premium bleacher seats on the The City of Boise’s X Games website.
According to Doug Holloway, Parks and Recreation director, the biggest piece of feedback that they received last year from the fans was that they wanted more seating.
“The bleachers sit right above the field of play, and the fans wanted more seating. This year we borrowed more bleachers from Ada County so now we have 500 seats available,” Holloway told The Arbiter.
Holloway added that this year they have also added a family fun zone to the event.
“We have more family-oriented opportunities this year, including art projects and a mobile recreation center—all free. It’s essentially a festival within a festival,” Holloway said.
According to Holloway, the three goals for the Road to X Games event from the Parks and Recreation Department are to ensure the safety and security of the athletes and the fans, create a flawless production for ESPN, and have a fun spectator and fan experience.