Round Rock Express
3400 E. Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock
Tune in to KWNX 1260AM for live broadcast.
Enjoy America’s pastime with 10,000
other fans of this beloved minor league
Triple A ball club in the beautiful, newly
enhanced Dell Diamond – but get your
tickets early, as games tend to sell out
quickly, especially during playoffs.
Built to be family friendly and family
affordable, kids can either sit in their
seats and do the seventh inning stretch,
or check out the children’s fun center
in the berm area. Spike, the mascot of
the Round Rock Express, helps to keep
spirits high during the April-September
Cedar Park Center
2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
As a member of the NBA’s Develop-
ment League, the first fully affiliated
minor league of the NBA, the Austin
Spurs opened their inaugural season in
November 2005 as the Austin Toros. The
NBA Development League, nicknamed
the D-League, is designed to grow the
sport of basketball, and offers fun, family
entertainment at affordable prices. The
D-League is a source of on-court talent for
the NBA’s 30 teams – training employees
in management, operations, public rela-
tions, sales and marketing positions.
The Austin Spurs are owned by the San
X GAMES AUSTIN
In 2014, the Summer X Games began it’s run as being
hosted in Austin, Texas. Austin beat out Denver, Chicago,
and Charlotte, N.C. for the honor of hosting the extreme
sporting event of worldwide fame and it will continue to
host through 2017.
The first Summer X Games was held in June 2014 at Circuit
of the Americas, known as COTA to locals. Just a 20 minute
drive southeast of downtown, COTA boasts 1,600 acres of
space, including a racetrack, sports complex, and park,
which will host most of the competitions. A few competitions will also be held in downtown Austin.
X Games officials were looking for something a little
different when choosing a locale for their summer games;
the games have been held in Los Angeles for the last 11
years. Senior vice president of ESPN Programming and
X Games, Scott Guglielmino, said “When we got on the
ground in Austin...it felt right very quickly. They shared a
vision in terms of growing this event.”
It seems the feeling is mutual: thousands of Austin
supporters staged a rally to welcome ESPN executives to
the capitol, complete with a makeshift vert ramp. The exec-
utives were there to discuss the city’s bid and get a feel
for the venue. According to lead management of COTA,
hosting the X-Games will give Austin the ability to build “a
multi-dimensional entertainment and sports destination.”
Home to artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson,
Austin has long been known for hosting large live music
events, like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. In
fact, there are over 250 live music venues in the city. More
and more, however, Austin is making a name for itself
by hosting large sporting events as well. A relatively new
facility, COTA opened its doors for the first time for the
Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in November of 2012 and a
MotoGP motorcycle race in April 2013—events with many
similarities to X Games events.
Typical Summer X Games competitions include BMX Big Air,
Street Skateboarding, Moto X Best Whip, Mountain Biking,
and Rallycross. There are events for both men and women.
The line-up of competitions and competitors varies from
event to event, so no two games are exactly alike.
It’s no surprise that Austin’s laid-back, casual, young
population is excited to have an extreme sporting event in
their backyard. X Games officials are hoping to expand the
event each year. Thousands of national and international
spectators will enjoy skateboarding battles, daredevil stunt
bikers, gravity defying Moto X riders and all of the hair
raising competitions. If it has wheels and can make you
gasp, it is at the X Games.
In addition to sports, the X Games also hosts musical
entertainment. Come for the games but stay for the party!
In all, more than 30 bands play at the event. What better
way to spend all of that built up rush from the competitions
than to go jam with Luminox, Black Pistol Fire, Cash Cash,
Kanye West, Mac Miller, Gary Clark Jr. and the Flaming Lips.
Though musical performances have never been the focus
of the X Games, Austin’s diverse and rich musical culture
could provide the event with the perfect opportunity to
expand their live music line-up as well.
It looks like Austin and the X Games are a match made in