AUSTIN (KXAN) - Half-pipes, BMX riders and skateboarders set up shop in front of the Texas State Capitol Wednesday in an effort to get ESPN's Summer X Games to Austin.
Austin and the Circuit of the Americas were named one of four finalist in April to host the games beginning in 2014.
Athletes in attendance at Wednesday's rally included professional BMX rider and four-time medalist Aaron Ross and BMX riders Chase Hawk, Sean Sexton, Tom Dugan and Joseph Frans, and skateboarder Ben Raybourn. Ross and the other athletes performed tricks for fans on the BMX box jump and a half-pipe.
The event also included live music from several artists.
ESPN will conduct a site visit in Austin this week and announce the new host city later this summer. The Circuit of the Americas would be used as the main venue for the events.
"One thing at the Circuit of the Americas we are really trying to do, is get a lot of different things for a lot of different people to have a great time," said COTA chairman Bobby Epstein. "I think there are a lot of athletes and a lot of kids here who would get inspired by something like this."
Officials with the ESPN Selection Committee were on hand for the rally to gauge public interest and support local fans have for landing the event in Austin.
Other cities in the running to earn a three-year contract to host the North American summer stop on the tour include Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C.
Officials with COTA said Austin was selected as finalist after months of competition via site visits by representatives of the X Games and an intensive application process.
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