On June 9th, some of the world's best extreme athletes will compete at the X Games Qualifier right here in Boise. The city is prepping for a huge event as the national spotlight will be on us. 

There's a lot of information people are asking (this includes me) when it comes to the X Games and how it's going to all play out. Instead of a huge description, I gathered as much as I could and put it in one place. Thank you, Idaho Statesman for an awesome outline and schedule. Look at every detail HERE.

 

WHAT ARE THE X GAMES? 

The X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced and broadcast by ESPN. The event happening in Boise on June 9th and 10th is a qualifier which is an invitation-only event. The top six performers in each "competition" will be given invitations to the X Games.

 

WHERE IS THE EVENT?

The X Games Qualifier in Boise will be at Rhodes Skate Park. The world class skate park under the interstate between 15th and 16th streets June 9th and 10th.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It doesn't cost anything. Just to show up at the event, there is no charge and it's open to the public.

 

WHO WILL BE COMPETING? 

Female and male skateboarders will be featured - more females than males and also BMX bikers. There will be a total of 62 competitors.

 

WHERE DO I PARK?  

There isn't a lot of parking around Rhodes Skate Park but a couple of spots around the park will have reserved parking that will be free of charge (corner of Fairview Ave. and 25th Street). The best bet will be taking the shuttle. Park your car at Ann Morrison Park and take the shuttle provided by the city from both the lot and Ann Morrison Park.

The shuttle will run every 15 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on June 9 and 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on June 10.

For one of the days (June 10th) you can park at St. Luke's lot and in the Northwest Bank Building lot and walk to Rhodes Park. Road closures are HERE.

 

WILL THERE BE FOOD AND DRINKS?

This is where the food trucks will be. You can grab food from them and there will be a beer garden for the 21 and over crowd.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AT RHODES SKATE PARK?

This is an event that hasn't happened here before but based on how quickly the bleacher seats sold, the crowd is expected to be pretty bit. Plan for over 3,500 people near the park. The organizers are setting up big screens so you can see what's going on from everywhere.

 

IS THIS EVENT SAFE FOR FAMILIES?

The event is open to all people. As far as security goes, the police department, the fire department, paramedics, the highway district and the transportation department are all on site and part of it. Basically, the event will be covered with someone in uniform. There's definitely a plan in place and they are treating this event like any other huge event - safety first. If more officers are needed, the police department is prepared to bring as many as needed

 

WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE?

June 9

  • 11 a.m.: Festival area surrounding park opens
  • 2 p.m.: Women’s skateboarding elimination round
  • 3:30 p.m.: Men’s skateboarding elimination
  • 5 p.m.: BMX elimination
  • 6:30 p.m.: Autograph signing
  • 7 p.m.: Skate demo
  • 8 p.m.: Autograph signing
  • 11 p.m.: Park closes

June 10

  • 11 a.m.: Festival area surrounding park opens
  • 12:30 p.m.: Women’s skateboarding final round
  • 2:30 p.m.: Men’s skateboarding final
  • 4:30 p.m.: BMX final
  • 6 p.m.: Park closes

 

CAN I WATCH IT ON TV? 

You sure can. If you're not someone who wants to make your way downtown but still want to share in the pride of Boise through the X Games Qualifier event, it will be airing on ESPN.