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Giant halfpipe going up on Congress Avenue downtown for X Games Austin

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Dave Doolittle

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 3, 2014

Pretty soon, the right of way on Congress Avenue at 10th Street downtown will be strictly limited to skateboards and BMX bikes.

Work is already far under way downtown on a giant halfpipe that will be the site of the X Games skateboard and BMX vert competitions Thursday night.

The festivities kick off with a demo by Tony Hawk and other skaters and BMXers at 5 p.m., and the competitions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to all downtown events will be free, and there will be food, music and other festivities nearby.

Road closures in the area began early Tuesday morning and continue to noon Friday. Click on the image to the left for more details and a map of the closures.

The halfpipe is huge: more than 69 feet long and almost 20 feet high. The pipe itself is 14 feet 3 inches tall with a vertical drop of almost 14 feet. It is set up with the Capitol, which will make for a stunning backdrop on TV and in pictures.

Thursday’s events kick off the inaugural X Games, which will be held for the next four years mostly at Circuit of the Americas. Tickets are still available. For more information, visit xgamesaustin.com.

For more information on the Games, check out this interactive report from the American-Statesman.