Busy Weekend in Store in Downtown Minneapolis

July 18, 2018 09:37 PM

The X Games kicked off for the second straight year Wednesday night in downtown Minneapolis. 

The competition was officially scheduled to kickoff Thursday. But due to rain in the forecast, the vert qualifier in skateboarding was moved to Wednesday night. 


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The international event is making itself at home at U.S. Bank Stadium, where it will again be held in 2019 and 2020.

"It's great to be back," said Ryan McGuinness of ESPN/X Games.

McGuinness said ESPN learned a lot from last year, and wanted to make the fan experience even better this time around.

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"Creating more of an intimate experience for each of the different courses," he said. "Obviously it's a big stadium. There's a lot of different courses and competitions happening. So we want to provide great views of each one of those." 

The X Games are just part of a busy weekend downtown.

With the Luke Bryan concert at Target Field, Minneapolis Aquatennial and the X Games all going on at the same time, getting around town might be tricky.

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"Downtown Minneapolis, we know, is going to be a real hub for activity this weekend," said Drew Kerr of Metro Transit. 

Kerr is encouraging people to take public transit.

"Fortunately, we can bring them right to the doorstep," he said. 

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Adding to some of the construction already happening around downtown, the city closed some roads for the X Games including Chicago Avenue from Sixth Street to Fourth Street, and Fourth Street from Park Avenue to U.S. Bank Stadium.

"There's some street closures but nothing too crazy," McGuinness said. "It will be pretty manageable for anyone that still wants to come out." 

Organizers plan to monitor the weather to see if they need to make any other changes to outdoor events scheduled Thursday. 

If you're interested in attending the X Games, tickets start at just $20


Brett Hoffland

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