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X Games X
When: August 5-8, 2004

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Tickets: Tickets go on sale June 17 at noon at Ticketmaster outlets, STAPLES and Home Depot Center box offices, ticketmaster.com and by telephone. Click here for complete ticketing information.

Sports: Click here for a complete list of X Games sports and disciplines.

Competition Schedule: Click here for a complete competition schedule. Check back for updates.

New to this year's event:
  • X Games X will be telecast LIVE across ESPN and ABC, with consistent programming windows at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on ESPN and a Sunday-night primetime window on ABC.
  • SportsCenter, the leading sports news and information program, will report live from X Games X and will be hosted by anchor Linda Cohn.
  • The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, will serve as a new venue, joining STAPLES Center (both AEG owned and operated venues) and additional Los Angeles-area sites.
  • Each event will feature "the best of the best"—showcasing maximum starting fields of 10 athletes in Finals-only competitions.*
  • The lineup of sports has been refined. Among the changes, it includes the addition of Skateboard Big Air and Moto X SuperMoto.

    Bucky Lasek ollies a kinked double at the Los Angeles International Airport during the filming of an X Games X television commercial.
    "For the past decade, evolution and progression have defined action sports and in turn the X Games," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. "These distinguishing enhancements are designed to clearly identify the X Games as the signature action sports championship. With new sports, venues and formats, plus complete live programming and SportsCenter on-site, we will create the most significant event to date in this special milestone year for our athletes, fans and affiliate and advertising partners."

    Competition Format
    X Games X will have a finals-only format consisting of the 10 best action sports athlete per sport discipline. *The only sports that will feature more than 10 athletes will be Moto X SuperMoto (a race event) and Surfing (two teams of 10).

    Sport organizers will assemble committees to determine the athletes who will be invited to compete at X Games X. Each sport is unique; therefore, the invitation criteria will vary per sport like they have over the past nine years. Editor's Note: See the X Games X schedule located at the end of this release.

    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 Programming
    For the first time in X Games history (summer), the event will air fully LIVE on ESPN and ABC. X Games X will feature 14 hours of original programming from August 5-8, with consistent programming windows at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on ESPN and a Sunday night primetime window on ABC. In addition, ESPN2 will present daily late-night highlight programs from August 6-9, resulting in 18 total hours of original programming for X Games X.

    After a successful debut at Winter X Games VIII in January, SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship daily news program, will report live from X Games X August 5-7. Each of those nights, the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter will contain live event coverage. SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn, who reported live from Winter X Games VIII, will also report from Los Angeles.

    Home Depot Center
    The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, will serve as the X Games' newest venue and will be home to the Moto X Freestyle, Moto X SuperMoto and Bike Stunt Dirt competitions. STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will continue to serve as X Games' primary venue. X Games X will also return to Huntington Beach Pier for Surfing and to Long Beach Marine Stadium for Wakeboard.

    The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track and field, cycling, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball ... and now action sports. Designated as an "official U.S. Olympic training site," The Home Depot Center is the nation's most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes. The soccer stadium will serve as the site for X Games X competitions.

    MEDIA: Please visit www.espneventmedia.com for X Games press materials, event photos, credential information and more.