More than 100 of the best athletes in sport’s most extreme disciplines will gather in Cardiff next spring when the Nitro World Games will take place outside of the US for the first time.
Nitro Circus and Live Nation have partnered with Visit Wales, Principality Stadium and Cardiff Council to bring Nitro World Games Wales 2020 to Cardiff on May 23 and 24.
Next year, elite competitors in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and freestyle scooter will face off for a coveted trophy and “bragging rights” as a world champion.
Travis Pastrana, co-creator of the event, said: “With Nitro World Games, our mission was to allow athletes to push their sports to the next level. We wanted to give athletes bigger ramps along with innovative landing technology which allows them to push the envelope and attempt tricks previously thought impossible. To see Nitro World Games thrive after three years in the US and now crossing borders for the first time and coming to Cardiff, Wales, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Andy Edwards, CEO of Nitro Circus, added: “With its abundance of world-class downhill trails and surf breaks and a nationwide network of passionate adventure and action sports fans, Wales is the perfect home for Nitro World Games. Cardiff boasts an impressive history of marquee live sport events, including the UEFA Champions League Final and the Rugby World Cup at Principality Stadium. We’re honoured to now become part of this rich history and we can’t wait for Nitro World Games to make its international debut here next year.”
Martyn Phillips, chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, which owns and operates Principality Stadium, commented: “From hosting World Championship boxing, Olympic football, Rugby World Cup and the UEFA Champions League finals, to sell-out concerts from some of the biggest acts on the international music scene, Principality Stadium has cemented its global reputation as a ‘must play’, multi-event venue.
“Events like Monster Jam and FIM British Speedway, where tonnes of earth are shipped into the stadium to create bespoke tracks and courses, also highlight our versatility and ability to attract a range of audiences to enjoy a wide variety of shows in addition to our staple diet of capacity international rugby union events.
“Nitro World Games is the latest, but will also be one of the greatest, examples of both our global appeal and our adaptability as a multi-event facility.
“It is with a great deal of excitement that we look forward to transforming the world’s most chameleon-like, iconic, stadium, with its retractable roof and changeable playing surface, into the perfect host venue for this amazing celebration of action sports.”