While San Diego can’t grab a Super Bowl, we do get chosen to host the inaugural World Beach Games.
Announced Friday, the Olympic-style beach event will take place in Mission Beach in September 2017. If you were in San Diego in the late ‘90s, ESPN’s Summer X Games were held in the same location.
Featuring more than 20 competitive sports including beach volleyball, soccer and surfing, the World Beach Games will also host events on the downtown piers. Basketball?
Regardless, selected ahead of Sarasota, Florida, and Dubai, San Diego’s beach culture played a significant role in the decision-making process.
“We have worked closely with industry experts to devise an innovative concept which will blend sport, culture and entertainment and we believe that San Diego is the perfect city to deliver our vision,” said Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) president, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
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#SanDiego announced as hosts of the 2017 World Beach Games at the @ANOC_Olympic General Assembly - NZ Olympic Team (@nzolympics) October 30, 2015
San Diego awarded inaugural 2017 @ANOC_Olympic World Beach Games https://t.co/H7smR0mrA3 #makewaves pic.twitter.com/1ZTZyUKPCH - ANOC (@ANOC_Olympic) October 30, 2015