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Al Lang Stadium hosting weekend-long extreme sports event: SPX 2015

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Al Lang Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, will be all decked out for some extreme sports action this weekend.

Over 50 of the world’s top X Games pros will be invading the former New York Yankees spring training facility to compete in the first-ever St. Pete Action Sports (SPX 2015) event.

The two-day event – which features skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross (FMX) – will take place Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.

Being put on by Bill Edwards Presents and ASA Entertainment – who are both also teaming up with Pinellas County schools to promote an anti-bullying campaign – fans can expect a high-intensity, and visually stunning competition featuring some of the world’s top-tier aerial artists, including Canadian skateboarder and nine-time X Games Gold Medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon, American FMX rider and six-time Medalist Adam Jones, and American BMXer Ryan Nyquist, whose hauled in 16 X Games medals over the course of his career.

Other elite-level competitors include 23-time X Games Medalist Andy Macdonald, and X Games Medalists Mitchie Brusco, Jimmy Wilkins, Elliot Sloan, Paul-Luc Ronchetti, Sandro Dias, Morgan Wade, Zack Warden, Pat Casey, Nicholi Rogatkin, Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino, as well as Brody Wilson and Kevin Peraza, both of whom were on hand Thursday at Al Lang for a news conference.

“We’re all here to compete,” said Peraza of himself and his fellow competitors. “This isn’t a little event. It’s an event aimed at pushing the sport to new limits.”

Peraza will be on a BMX this weekend, as Wilson will be flying from a dirt-bike.

“The field will be fully stacked,” Wilson said. “You’ll get to see the best and biggest tricks being done by anyone right now.”

This weekend’s individual events include Big Air Triples, where BMX riders hurl themselves and their bikes off a 200-foot-long by 32-foot-high ramp three consecutive times, and Skateboarding Vert, which takes place on the actual halfpipe from the X Games – the world’s largest.

And let’s not forget the FMX pros – whose array of bloodcurdling, can’t-look-away tricks include back-flips on motorcycles – because this will be the first pro FMX contest that Florida has hosted in about 10 years.

“It’s going to be a big weekend in St. Petersburg,” said Rowdies owner Bill Edwards. “And it’s going to be a fantastic weekend downtown. So everybody come on out and enjoy [the city].”

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Single day tickets: General Admission $30; Child (ages 3-12) $20; VIP $75 (includes a special seating area in front of the ramps for each competition); Platinum: $125 (includes special seating area, 4:30 p.m. entry into the venue for viewing of practice rounds, and a private athlete meet-and-greet).
  • Two-day tickets: General Admission $50; Child (ages 3-12) $40: VIP $140 (includes a special seating area in front of the ramps for each competition); Platinum $235 (includes special seating area, 4:30 p.m. entry into the venue for viewing of practice rounds, and two athlete meet-and-greets).
Brody Wilson, FMX (freestyle motocross) contestant at this weekend's SPX 2015 at Al Lang Stadium
Brody Wilson, FMX (freestyle motocross) contestant at this weekend’s SPX 2015 at Al Lang Stadium

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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