There are two momentous events taking place around town starting next week.
ESPN X Games 17 hits Staples Center and L.A. LIVE on July 28 through July 31. Meanwhile, the third stop of Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Competition comes to the darkened event halls of the Anaheim Convention Center on that same weekend.
One is a reckless abandon of body and bravado in a competition of top athletes from around the world; the other pits the best professionals and amateurs in an intense cerebral match of strategic immersion.
Both competitions take place about 50 miles apart from each other. Not a bad toss up if you’re conflicted as to which event to take in. Or, down a few Red Bulls and do both (take it from me, it can be done). One thing is for sure, in both contests, mistakes are not an option.
X Games 17, July 28 – 31
Starting with the BMX Park Elimination on Thursday and ending with the Moto X Enduro Finals on Sunday and nothing but nonstop action in between.
Staples Center will be the site of all the Moto X events. BMX and skateboard verts will be set up in the Nokia Theatre. The Skateboard Street will be at L.A. LIVE. Of course the ever-present Big Air ramp will be at Lot 7 at Staples.
Local O.C. skaters you’ll want to follow: Omar Hassan (Costa Mesa), Ryan Sheckler (San Clemente), Dylan Rieder (Westminster), Austyn Gillette (Brea), Nyja Huston (Huntington Beach), Amy Caron (Huntington Beach), and Tony Tave (Lake Forest). Plus lots more from SoCal.
The BMX and Moto X riders will compete at Staples and Nokia Theatre. Moto X gold medalist and Trabuco Canyon local, Kyle Loza will be there defending his title. You’ll also want to witness 16-year old Pat Casey from Placentia try to make his mark on the BMX Freestyle Park.
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Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Competition, July 29 – 31
Put your Disney tokens back in your pocket and head on over to Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim is the third of five stops on the MLG Pro Circuit. Top players from all over the world are coming to town with nothing but their controller and unparalleled instincts. You will not want to miss the mad skills thrown down by these MLG pro circuit masters.
Some of the top players coming to MLG Anaheim include: 2011 Dallas champion NaNiwa, iNcontroL, i Royborg, SlayersBoxer, and MLG Columbus Champion SlayersMMA. Plus South Korean Global StarCraft ll League (GSL) superstars, MVPDongRaeGu and GSL January 2011 Champion, IMMVP.
All play starts on Friday, July 29 and continues through Sunday, July 31.
Here’s a brief run down of the times and prizes…
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Prize 1st Place – $10,000
Championship Finals 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Prize 1st Place – $20,000
Championship Finals are Sunday, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Prize 1st Place: $14,000
Championship Finals are Sunday, 7 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
SC 2 Competition is now sold out, however spectator tickets are still available.
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