Tuesday, June 1, 2004 Updated: June 24, 1:17 PM ET
Reunion X In Rhode Island
ESPN X Games returns to Providence on June 26th for "Rhode Island's Reunion X", a one-night celebration of action sports.
Tickets go on sale June 4 for this 10th anniversary event featuring exhibitions by top action sports athletes, including Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra, plus a live performance by The Darkness.
Two classes of tickets will be available: $75 meet-and-greet tickets and $30 regular tickets.
ESPN X Games, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Sports Council and Clear Channel Entertainment today announces "Rhode Island's Reunion X," a one-night event at Providence's Dunkin Donuts Center on June 26 that will celebrate the progression of action sports and the growth of the X Games over the past decade.
Rhode Island's Reunion X will air Saturday, July 3rd at 1:30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
The first two X Games events were held in Providence and Newport in 1995 and 1996. Since then, the X Games has grown to become the world's premiere action sports competition. The special event was conceived by ESPN and the Sports Council to recognize the athletes who have grown the event and the event's genesis in Rhode Island.
The evening will include live exhibitions by several top X Games athletes, including world-class skateboarder Tony Hawk, Rhode Island's own bike stunt rider Kevin Robinson; and aggressive inline skating star Fabiola da Silva, as well as a live performance by the rock band The Darkness.
Tickets for this one-time show will be on sale beginning at noon on Friday, June 4 and are available at the Dunkin Donuts Center Box Office and through all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or call 401-331-2211 (R.I.); 860-525-4500 (CT) or 617-931-2000 (MA). For additional information, please visit: www.dunkindonutscenter.com.
X Games legend Tony Hawkpictured here skating vert in the '96 X Gameswill return to the event's birthplace for a one-night show with other top names of the Games.
Large screen videos will take fans back to memorable moments throughout X Games history, including classic footage from X Games I and II in Rhode Island.
The live exhibitions in skateboard, bike stunt and aggressive inine skate will display the world-class abilities of the athletes on a 75-foot halfpipe. Fans will also be treated to a Moto X freestyle ramp-to-ramp demonstration. All athletes participating are either current or former X Games medallists and all but the Moto X athletes competed in the Rhode Island X Games events. Athletes scheduled to participate include:
Tony Hawk - Now retired world-class skateboard legend with 10 X Games gold medals.
Kevin Robinson - From East Providence, R.I., Robinson is the X Games IX bronze medallist in Bike Stunt Vert and is the first ever X Games hometown hero.
Bob Burnquist - This Vert skateboarder has competed in every X Games since its inception and boasts nine podium finishes.
Fabiola da Silva - The most decorated female athlete in X Games history (seven gold medals), this Aggressive In-line Skater competes alongside the men in the Vert competitions at X Games.
Mat Hoffman - The undisputed best Vert rider in Bike Stunt history, this now retired competitor returns to Providence to celebrate where the X Games started.
Beau Bamburg - Moto X Freestyle rider who competes at X Games and Winter X Games, he was the 2002 IFMA Rookie Of The Year.
Andy Mcdonald - Originally from Boston, this skateboard vert specialist boasts 15 X Games medals, eight of which are gold.
Drake McElroy - X Games VIII bronse medalist in Moto X Freestyle, he is one of the most consistent riders in the sport.
This is the only event this year that will feature such a lineup of action sports greats. X Games' on-air host Sal Masekela will emcee the evening.
The celebration will conclude with a special 50-minute performance by the rock band The Darkness, presented by WHJY Radio of Providence. This performance will be the last of The Darkness' sold-out U.S. tour.
ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. As part of the ESPN Original Entertainment division, X Games, Winter X Games, EXPN 2Day and X Games Global Championship are just some of the original action sports programming currently shown on ESPN and ESPN2. The brand has also grown to include international X Games events, EXPN.com, EXPN Radio, the large format film ESPN's Ultimate X, X Games Skateparks and various X Games-branded retail products. X Games X will be held in Los Angeles August 5-8 and will be aired live on ESPN and ABC.
The Rhode Island Sports Council is a non-profit public/private partnership between the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The mission of the Council is to attract major amateur and professional sporting events to the state as an economic generator and tourism vehicle. Since its inception in 1993, the Sports Council has been involved with events that have produced an estimated $300 million in economic benefits to the state.
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the away-from-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company's independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world's top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment also provides marketing services through LIVE Channel, a company dedicated to creating and executing live events for companies seeking brand promotion. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.