Officially known as the "Games Of The X Olympiad," the historic stadium hosted the 1932 Summer Olympic Games. It also marked the first time in the history of the games that the now-traditional victory podium was utilized. Most importantly for Moto X fans is the fact that 38-years ago on July 8, 1972, a promising 16-year-old Southern California future champion Marty Tripes made history by flying to the top of the victory podium at the very first Super Bowl Of Motocross in front of 28,000 screaming fans, creating the entire Supercross phenomenon.
"How cool is it that we are returning to the birthplace of Supercross," notes 6-time AMA national champ Broc Glover. Although he was best known as an outdoor MX racer rather than a Supercross specialist, "The Golden Boy" won 10 SX races in his career which placed him in the top 10 on the all-time SX win list. In fact, Glover won the final AMA Supercross race he ever competed in -- the season finale at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1988! And this year Glover returns back to the site of that last SX win -- this time in his role as Dunlop's Senior Manager for off-road motorcycle tires.
"I oversee the overwhelming majority of riders who will be competing at X Games 16 in all motorcycle disciplines," adds Glover. "Most likely 90% of the guys and gals competing in the motorcycle events will be on Dunlop... That's how we roll!"
Glover was definitely on a roll during his racing days at the Coliseum... in 1980 he won both rounds of a two-day Supercross, and he won the 1984 Miller Masters at the LA Coliseum. Students of SX will still remember the shocking pink riding gear Glover busted out that day! "There have been some epic battles in the Coliseum and I expect the competition at X Games 16 to rank right up there," concludes Glover.
In addition to the Moto X Super X competition, the stadium will also host the fastest event of X Games, Rally Car SuperRally in, and around, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum... including the infamous "peristyle jump" from the top of the historic entrance to the stadium floor! Above and beyond the high-flying motorized action, BMX Freestyle Big Air, Skateboard Big Air and Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam competition will also be housed at the same facility. The human-powered flights of fancy should rival the MX bikes as the athletes will be launching over massive 50- and 70-foot gaps into a 27-foot quarterpipe that has been specially constructed for X Games 16.
X Games 16 Competition Schedule:
The X Games makes its eight appearance in Los Angeles July 29-August 1 with events staged at the STAPLES Center, the Nokia Theatre (across the street from the STAPLES Center), and the Event Deck at LA Live. To purchase X Games 16 tickets ( Click). Ticket prices range from $9 - $40, depending on the venue, with seats for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum costing a flat $16 for the Moto X Super X Men's, Women's and Adaptive Racing, BMX Freestyle Big Air, Skateboard Big Air, Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam and Rally Car Racing.
X Games 16 Discount Group Tickets Available:
There will be a 10% discount on all ticket orders of 50 or more for a single day at the Coliseum.
Groups purchasing 500 tickets or more for a single day at the Coliseum may be eligible for a :30 Jumbotron spot, as long as the company does not categorically conflict with an X Games sponsor.
To purchase group sales tickets
(more than 10 tickets for a single event), contact:
Director, Group Sales
AEG, STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center & L.A. Kings
X Games 16 On TV
More than 20 hours of live X Games 16 programming will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC - all showcased in high-definition and airing July 29-August 1. Don't forget X Games Online: ESPN International, Xgames.com, ESPN Classic, ESPN3.com, SportsCenter, and ESPN2's X Center will also provide coverage. For additional X Games 16 info, go to www.xgames.com