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Rated X for Excitement: What You Need to Know About the Boise X Games Qualifier

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ERICLARS BAKKE, ESPN IMAGES
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It's happening. More than 50 world-class skateboard and BMX athletes are gathering in one place: Rhodes Skate Park in downtown Boise, where the X Games Qualifiers will get underway today and continue through Saturday.

Rhodes Park, built in 1995, was brought into the 21st century with a renovation in 2015-'16. Now, that work will be on display before an event that is expected to draw crowds of nearly 4,000 on each day.

[image-2]The Boise qualifiers on Saturday, June 10 will be live-streamed via the ESPN Road to X Games content series and will also be part of taped coverage to air Sunday, June 18 on ABC. Competition in Boise will determine which athletes advance to the national X Games

“ESPN contacting Boise has put [Idaho] in the world’s eye to showcase Rhodes Park as one of the top skate parks in the country,” said Carrie Westergard, executive director of the Boise Visitor and Convention Bureau.

All ticketed seating for the weekend is sold out; however, organizers said standing room should be available with no entry fee. The event will also feature food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, skate demos and autograph signings.

Free parking will be offered in Ann Morrison Park and in a lot at the corner of Fairview Avenue and  and 25th Street. Free shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Bike parking will be set up near the X Games venue on 15th between Front and Grove streets.

“To anyone who has never been interested in [skateboarding and BMX] before: My push to them would be that you can’t not enjoy this event. You won’t believe what these people can do,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway.

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