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X Games Austin – An Insider’s Guide


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The X Games is coming to Austin and they’re going to be huge! X Games Austin happens June 5-8, 2014 at the Circuit of the Americas. There’s a lot more to the X Games than than just the competitions. Nine separate festival villages will be featured, with bands, games, a skate ramp, kart racing, an ESPN Clubhouse, and lots more. Plus, major national music acts are performing, including Kanye West, The Flaming Lips, Pretty Lights, Bad Religion, and Austin artist Gary Clark Jr.

Another first: This year, X Games medals will be awarded to gamers, as a Call of Duty tournament featuring the game’s top five teams will take its place, among the other feats of skill. Austin’s X Games will be huge, so here’s what you need to know to have the most fun possible!

Where do I buy tickets? 

You can choose either a 1-day or 3-day event ticket, and you can choose premium upgrades for an extra charge to get the best view for any competition. Once you get your wristband, register it on the X Games site for special extras and a chance to win prizes. Go to the X Games ticket page to buy and register wristbands.

Where’s the music?

X Music takes place at the Austin360 Amphitheater, located within Circuit of the Americas. Tons of great bands will be there all weekend, so check out the music page and the of music and competitions to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Who’s competing?

You can find a list of all the athletes competing at the X Games this year here but there are a few standouts you won’t want to miss:

  • Skateboarder Bob Burnquist, a veteran of all 20 X Games, has won more medals than any other X Games athlete.
  • 14-year-old skateboarder Tom Schaar was the youngest ever to do a 900 and the first to complete a 1080. With a silver medal in Big Air, he’ll be going for gold this year.
  • Bucky Lasek will look to make it to six consecutive skateboard verts, after winning five last year.

What should I bring?

Attending festivals in Austin is both an art form and an endurance sport, so pack well to get the most out of your weekend. Here’s your X Games preparedness list to make sure you stay happy and comfortable:

  1. Sensible footwear: You’ll be standing (and possibly dancing, riding go karts, skateboarding, etc.) all weekend, so be nice to your feet and wear something more substantial than flip-flops.
  2. Camping gear: Camping is allowed at the Austin X Games for a variety of fees that get you access to camping amenities. Find more info on the camping page.
  3. Sun defense: Yep, Austin’s hot, and the sun can be cruel over the course of a day spent outdoors. Bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and remember to reapply.
  4. Water bottle: You can’t bring outside food or drinks into the festival, but you can bring a water bottle to keep filled at the water refilling stations parked throughout the venue. Again, June in Austin can zap you of hydration, so don’t land yourself in the medical tent with a case of heat exhaustion.
  5. Camera: Tons of cool stuff will be happening all around you, so keep your phone handy or bring a camera to capture it all.

 Where do I find out more?

The X Games site has everything you need to know about the festival, tickets, getting to Circuit of the Americas, and more. To get the party started, check out the 101X X Games Kick-off Bash Wednesday, June 4, at the Belmont in Downtown Austin. It’s hosted by X Games athletes and benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

By Jonathan Boatwright

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