X-Games Austin Guide – What to Expect

It’s only natural to combine the X-Games with the Austin vibe.

 

Austin may not have a professional sports team yet, but that’s not stopping them from hosting some of the largest sporting events in the country. Just two years into the state of the art Formula One tracks history, Austin is bringing the X Games to its grounds. From the best action sport athletes to the biggest musical acts around, the Circuit of the Americas will be the place to be in June.

Day 1 – June 5, 2014

The first day of the X Games is going to take over downtown with the Skateboard and BMX Vert competitions. The best part about these events is that they are FREE! Don’t worry that’s not a typo it really is a free event. The day will start with the BMX Vert Final at 7:00 PM with the Skateboard Vert Final to follow at 8:30 PM. In each final the athletes will get 4, 30 second runs each and will get to keep their best score of the 4 runs. Vert is one of the most exciting events of the X Games and is well worth the trip downtown to see.

Day 2 – June 6, 2014

On the second day of X Games Austin, Texas gave to me…BMX Street Finals, Skateboard Street Men’s Elimination, Enduro X Men’s & Women’s Finals, Moto X Best Whip & Step Up Finals, and Skateboarding Big Air Finals. Day 2 of the X Games will be the first day at COTA and is jam packed with some stellar events. The BMX Street Final starts at 12:00 PM and will give each rider as many attempts on the course as they can get during the 15 minute heat sending the top 3 from each heat to the final. From there attention will shift over to the Men’s Skateboard Street Elimination at 2:00 PM as the top 10 scores overall will advance to the final. At 4:00 PM get ready for some hybrid motorcycle competition as the Men’s and Women’s Enduro X gets underway. Moto X will take the spotlight at 7:00 PM leading off with the Best Whip competition Finals. At 7:15 PM Moto X riders will begin the Step Up Final hitting a near 14 foot lip that will propel them to insane heights crowning the highest jump as victor. Cap day 2 off at the big air ramp near turn 19 of COTA’s track at 8:30 PM as some of the world’s best riders take flight in the Skateboard Big Air Final.

Day 3 – June 7, 2014

Another big day at the Circuit of the Americas starts off with the BMX Dirt Final at 11:00 AM where the 8 competitors will take a first run through the dirt course and continue in a ranked order for 4 runs. Grab some grub on your way over to the Global RallyCross course as drivers prepare to hit hairpin turns and insane jumps at maximum horse-power during the RallyCross at 12:30 (includes round 1, Last Chance Qualifiers LCQ, and Finals). At 2:30 PM the Skateboarders will head to the park course for the finals where the two best scores of each rider will count towards their final rank of 1-6. Moto X will take over the next few hours with the Speed & Style Final at 4:00 PM and the Freestyle Final at 7:00 PM. The Speed & Style competition consists of one head to head race that is based on style with the first rider to cross the finish line gaining the speed margin of victory bonus points to be added to their score. All 10 competitors will then take two runs in the same start order for the Freestyle Final. Once again cap the day off with some big air at 8:30 PM, only this time it’s the BMX riders taking to the air.

Final Day – June 8, 2014

The last day of X Games at COTA will get started at 11:00 AM with the BMX Park final as competitors get in as many runs as they can in the 2, 15 minute heats to rank in the top 6. The day continues with the Stadium Super Trucks Final at 12:30 PM in one exciting race between the 10 drivers. Head back to the Main Grandstand at 1:00 PM and prepare for the Women’s & Men’s Skateboard Street Finals. The Skateboard Street Finals will consist of an 18 minute heat giving the skaters as many runs as they can put down to get their best score. End your Austin X Games experience at 5:15 PM with the Moto X Demo as some of the best riders put on the grand finale show by busting out the biggest and baddest tricks in the book.

Now that you know what to see you’re going to want to know where to see it from. The Main Grandstand will put you in front of all the action during the Moto X, Street, and Park events. Just down the stretch at the Turn 1 Grandstand is where you will be able to catch the BMX Dirt Finals. Along the main stretch you will also be able to enjoy attractions from the festival portion of the X Games. Be a part of the action at the Next X Park where you can bring your own bike, board, or skates. The Gaming Shack will house some of the best gamers around in a battle for the X Games gold in the Major League Gaming’s national showdown. Adjacent to the Gaming Shack is the Playground, a place to challenge all your friends in dodge ball, mini golf, zip-lining, king of the hill, and the rock wall or just a place to cool down in the water zone.

In between Turns 12 and 16 us where you will want to be for the RallyCross and Stadium Super Trucks. There are Grandstands, Bleachers and trackside suites surrounding the course getting you up close and personal for the whole race. Just behind the Global RallyCross course you’ll find The Garage, an all things that are fast area that features kart racing, RC cars and racing simulators.

Just before Turn 19 lies a massive general admission lawn where you will be able to witness riders catch some of the biggest air of the X Games during the Big Air Finals. Get here early and stake your claim to a patch of grass in the perfect spot before the event gets under way.

The Austin 360 Amphitheater will house the music portion of the X Games or X Music as it is being referred to. With high octane acts to include Kanye West, Pretty Lights, The Flaming Lips, Mac Miller, Slightly Stoopid, Gary Clark Jr., Bad Religion, Dillon Francis, Mayer Hawthorne, FMLYBND, Wavves, Cash Cash, and CandyLand this state of the art amphitheater is the perfect place to catch some tunes. In between acts be sure to check out the ESPN Clubhouse for all things sports. From sports bars to sports games the ESPN Clubhouse will have you covered. The amphitheater will also include the Galleria, a hub for fashion, art, and other vendors & shops and the Texas Ranch where you can get local while riding a mechanical bull. That’s not all though because it wouldn’t be Austin without going green and that’s just what the Green Planet area is for. From a life-size hamster wheel to the newest ways of recycling and green initiatives, the Green Planet is all about preserving the environment.

The X Games choose to keep it weird with Austin, Texas and it’s looking like that’s just what their planning to do as the 2014 X Games get set to take over the Circuit of the Americas and Downtown. This is one weekend you’re not going to want to miss in June so get your tickets now and start planning your trip to the “Music Capital of the World”!

Kanye West to Headline X-Games in Austin

Kanye will be headlining the X-Games concert lineup

 

That’s right, folks. The X-Games isn’t just skateboarding, dirt bikes and BMX. The concert lineup for this summer’s games in Austin is out, and Kanye West is in the house. Yeezy leads a great lineup that includes Pretty Lights, The Flaming Lips, Gary Clark Jr., and much more. The Summer X-Games in Austin will be at the Circuit of the Americas and Austin360 Amphitheatre from June 5-8. Tickets for the Kanye show will be available later this week.

Here’s the full lineup of music performers:

  • Kanye West
  • Pretty Lights
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Mac Miller
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Bad Religion
  • Dillon Francis
  • Mayer Hawthorne
  • FMLYBND
  • Wavves
  • Cash Cash
  • Candyland

The Week in TicketCity Search – Bringing Obvious Jokes Back

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Nov. 18t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Justin Timberlake
2 1 Drake
3 2 Luke Bryan
4 6 George Strait
5 - Pearl Jam
6 9 Billy Joel
7 - Kanye West
8 - Pink
9 - Miley Cyrus
10 4 One Direction

This is the part of the blog where I say something about “sexy” being returned to the top of the countdown, presumably in serviceable condition. With that out the way, I shall also note the previous weeks’ top 2 made room for the aforementioned “sexy” return. Finally, I’ll say something about George Strait climbing back to fourth place, which is merely a statement of fact and not a tired Justin Timberlake joke.

Billy Joel showed up last week, and I didn’t say anything, mostly because I was wondering if he’d stick around. Lo, he has done that, and climbed up three spots. He doesn’t get out quite as much as he did in the 80s, but fans will be able to see him again next January. Fun fact, when he announced in ’93 that River of Dreams was going to be his last pop album, I scoffed. Fully admit he’s kept that promise the last 20 years (holy crap), but time is on my side…

The rest of the bottom five features some of the recent, usual suspects in the on-again, off-again bunch. Kanye, Pink, and Miley have all been sighted recently, but have had trouble maintaining a stable presence on the countdown. One Direction barely clings to the top 10, but cling they do.

Since Billy made it a second week, no reason not to engage in a little nostalgia. Way back in that greatest of decades, the 1980s, this video was played a lot on a network called MTV, and it starred a lady named Christie Brinkley, with whom Mr. Joel fell in deep smit. They got married and lived happily ever after… or divorced in 1994… one of those.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Aubrey Ascendant

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 28t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 Drake
2 - Dallas Cowboys
3 1 George Strait
4 7 Pearl Jam
5 - Kanye West
6 4 SF 49ers
7 - Maimi Heat
8 - NFR
9 6 Jason Aldean
10 - Denver Broncos

More survivors this week, and a small shuffle at the top. George Strait’s dream of a long stay in first place ended a bit early. He does end up at a very respectable #3, giving up the top spot to Drake, who returned only last week. The Cowboys also return. Their choppy run this year on the countdown is certainly different from previous years, though overall I believe they’ve been on the countdown more thanks to it.

Pearl Jam climbs to #4 and Kanye returns to the #5 spot. Bad news for Kanye fans, though, as he’s had to postpone some tour dates as the 60-foot circular LED screen used in the show was damaged in a highway accident while on the way to the Vancouver show. Anyone who thinks you can perform without a custom-made 60-foot circular LED screen simply doesn’t have the music in their, like, soul, man.

The 49ers’ solid run continues. While they’ve not really reached the top, they’ve been on the countdown for weeks now. The Heat return to remind us the NBA’s 2013-14 season is officially underway.

The National Finals Rodeo enters at #8 this week. The ten-day extravaganza of the best rodeo has to offer starts up December 5th at its usual home, The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. I probably made the “When you think Las Vegas, rodeo is the first thing that comes to mind” joke every year at this point, so I’ll skip it this year.

Process of elimination suggests we’re going with Pearl Jam today. Their latest video and single is “Sirens.” The song holds up, but the video has a whiff of “not-trying” about it.

The Week in TicketCity Search – North by Kanye West

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 16th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Maroon 5
2 10 Kanye West
3 3 Drake
4 7 Houston Texans
5 5 LSU Football
6 - Cincinnati Bengals
7 8 Luke Bryan
8 - Pink
9 - Depeche Mode
10 1 Dallas Cowboys

It must be the middle of September, because the pigskin’s brief grasp of the countdown is slipping away. Not to say there’s not a decent amount of gridiron action to be had. The Texans gain momentum and reach 4th, but that’s the best any football team can hope for this week. It is the very busy Maroon 5 who tops the list.

Fresh off a summer tour, Maroon 5 took a brief nap and are back out there once more on the Honda Civic Tour, with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane. The latter individual has not been deemed notable enough to have her own Wikipedia entry, so your guess is as good as mine about why she’s there.

Kanye, obviously justifying my faith in him last week, makes the 8 point jump to second place. He added some additional shows to the new tour as many sold out quickly. Impressive, but part of me wonders if everyone is going in hopes of catching one of those increasingly more common rants live and in person.

Drake and LSU both remain where they were last week, while the Bengals kick off the bottom five with their inaugural countdown appearance this season. They’re followed by Luke Bryan and the returning Pink, who is not close to winding down The Truth About Love tour. She’s followed by Depeche Mode, whose appearance in Dallas today may have something to do with this bit of countdown success.

Finally, the Cowboys take the big tumble from one end of the countdown to the other.

Here is The Artist Currently Known as Rozzi Crane joining that élite fraternity (of everyone, ever) that covered Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”