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Austin replaces LA for ESPN X Games

ESPN X Games has chosen Texan city Austin to replace Los Angeles as one of six stops on its calendar for the next four years.

The ESPN sports network denied bidding city favourites Detroit, as well as Chicago and Charlotte. Austin's inaugural X Games are set to take place May 15-18, 2014.

Circuit of The Americas (COTA), a 1,600-acre sports and entertainment venue 20 minutes from downtown Austin, submitted the winning bid. COTA opened last year and already hosts the only Formula One US grand prix, which attracted 260,000 fans during its debut weekend last November.

Next year’s event will be the first time the X Games have taken place outside of Los Angeles in the past 11 years.