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Austin Gives Warm And Windy Welcome To X Games

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 04:56 PM CDT

Strong winds put the Austin X Games out of action on Saturday night. Practice and competition for the Moto X Freestyle is being postponed due to dangerous conditions. X Games officials are hoping to run the Moto X Freestyle Final on Sunday afternoon. The high winds are not impacting the rest of Saturday night's events.           


Hot windy weather is one of the few complaints athletes and fans have had about Austin's first X Games. Fans are proving coming to Austin was the right move. 


Wide open spaces, room to expand and an everything is bigger in Texas attitude. That's what the X Games got when they pulled out of Los Angeles and rolled into Austin. 


"We really have the footprint here to do what we wanted to do," said Danny Chi with ESPN. "You might see things like wakeboarding coming back." 


Two Big Air fans came from out-of-town to see the 80 foot ramp drop, in person. 


"It's pretty crazy," said Nick Sorenson from St. Louis, Missouri.


 "Great athletes! It's awesome! Love watching them!" said Eric Miller from Fort Worth. 


So do thousands of others. Super-size stunts are packing the grandstands at Circuit of the Americas. 


And on Congress Avenue, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk filled three blocks with loyal fans. 


"We had 12,000 downtown the first night," said Chi. 


Add it all up and Austin seems poised to outdo last year's X games numbers in LA. 


"You look at the size of these grandstands, I think it's going to be no problem breaking that 100,000 easily," said Chi. 


Austin is also breaking records when it comes to space. 


There's room for a festival-style experience featuring major league gaming, a playground and live music. 


All the extra space is even allowing Austin to bring back the BMX Dirt competition. This is the first time since 2006 that there's been enough room to put in a dirt track like the one at COTA. 


"With this hillside and this space we really were able to go all out," said Chi. 


Official crowd estimates will come out Sunday afternoon. But the athletes say they don't need numbers with crowds this size cheering them on.

Austin Gives Warm And Windy Welcome To X Games


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