“I had traded some emails with Devin at Limelight Maloof Skateboarding’s PR firm about the course design for the RFK site of the Washington DC Maloof Money Cup. I was pretty adamant about trying to get some of the staples of the DC scene incorporated onto the course. I thought it would be rad if they had a legal, bust free copy of the Welfare Banks or some of Freedom Plaza elements minus the Homeland Security guards of course. It looks like they did just that with the Gold Rail replica and Freedom Plaza’s bump over can. Maloof Money Cup and California Skateparks have once again did a great job putting together a real street oriented park that is sure to please the DC skate community.” – Jason Chapman The National Skateboarding Examiner
The Official word from Maloof:
Maloof Skateboarding and Events DC Partner to Build Permanent World Class Skate Park and Bring Maloof Money Cup to Nation’s Capital
Design Unveiled for Permanent New Skate Park on RFK Stadium Festival Grounds that will Host World’s Best Pro Skateboarders at Maloof Money Cup DC September 3-4
(August 10, 2011 – Irvine, Calif. and District of Columbia) – Maloof Skateboarding and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority dedicated to attracting premier events to the District, today announced a multi-year agreement to host the Maloof Money Cup, presented by Vans, on a world-class skate park to be built on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. This skate park, to be named Maloof Cup Park, will host the world’s best professional skateboarders at the inaugural Maloof Money Cup D.C. September 3-4. Tickets for Maloof Money Cup D.C. are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
“We’re excited to bring the Maloof Money Cup to our nation’s capital,” said Joe Maloof, creator of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “This location at RFK Stadium was ideal and we thank Vans and Events DC for making it possible for the park to remain as a permanent structure in the community. We invite everyone to come out Labor Day weekend to the first-ever Maloof Money Cup D.C. It’s going to be an incredible contest with the world’s best skaters competing on a brand new course inspired by D.C. skate spots and landmarks.”
Designed by Pro Skater Geoff Rowley and Joe Ciaglia’s team at California Skateparks, the15,000-square-foot skate park is the first major skate park in Washington, D.C. and is inspired by Freedom Plaza and the architecture up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.
“It was important for us to take design elements from real D.C. skate spots and try to replicate them and hopefully complement them as much as possible,” said Rowley. “The local skaters will recognize some of these influences like the Freedom Plaza Ledges and the Golden Rail made famous by legendary locals like Pepe Martinez, Chris Hall and many more original D.C.rippers,” said Rowley.
Maloof Money Cup D.C. represents the first new event attracted to the District since Events DC rebranded as an organization last month. Following the contest, Maloof Cup Park will be available to the community as a recreational facility throughout the year. Events DC will oversee maintenance of the park and will look to attract other special event programming at the venue.
“This partnership speaks to our ability to deliver on our promise of creating economic and community benefits for the District of Columbia,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “In a short time, the Maloof Money Cup has grown into a global event and we look forward to hosting the world’s skateboard community in Washington, D.C. this fall. And most importantly, the city will now have a world-class recreational facility for the skateboard community to enjoy throughout the year.”
About Maloof Skateboarding
Maloof Skateboarding (www.maloofskateboarding.com) produces the Maloof Money Cup. Presented by Vans, the Maloof Money Cup is the world’s greatest skateboarding event and the premiere showcase for amateur and professional skateboarding. In 2011, the Maloof Money Cup hosts three U.S. contests, returning to Queens, NY June 4-5 and Orange County, Calif. plus a new host city, Washington, D.C., on Labor Day weekend, September 3-4. In addition to the U.S. contests, the Maloof Money Cup expands internationallythis year with the first ever Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa, September 30 – Oct 2. Join our online community to share the competition experience with a global audience and be the first to know about exciting upcoming MMC announcements. Go to www.maloofmoneycup.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @MaloofMoneyCup.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact. Events DC also manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.