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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Marc Crawford
Southern California X Games fans can get tickets now for the biggest X Games party in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 from 6-9 p.m. hosted at STAPLES Center. The official X Games 13 Opening Night Benefit Bash will be hosted by ESPN’s and E! Entertainment Television’s Sal Masekela, music by the world famous KROQ, celebrities including Kings head coach Marc Crawford, X GAMES 13 competitors in BMX, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Rally Car Racing, most notably the following featured featured athletes:
  • Kenny Bartram, the freestyle motocross rider with the most wins, 57 in all
  • Kevin Robinson, X Games 12 BMX Big Gold Medalists
  • Gretchen Bleiler, 2006 Olympic Snowboard Silver Medalist and two-time Winter X Games Gold Medalist
  • Tricia Byrnes, a pioneer of woman’s snowboarding; excelling at the sport for nearly 20 years.
  • Mat Hoffman, BMX legend and considered one of the best vert riders in the sport’s history.

To purchase tickets for the X Games 13 Opening Night Benefit Bash at STAPLES Center please visit or call Jennifer Lynch with STAPLES Center Foundation directly at 213-742-7166. Tickets are regular price $75.00 and VIP Tickets are $125.00, under the age of 21 regular tickets are $45 and VIP Tickets are $80. Parking is complimentary in LOT 5 on the corner of Figueroa Street and 12th Street.

This exclusive opening night bash will take place atop the STAPLES Center celebrated City View Terrace, providing panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and featuring the award winning cuisine of Levy Restaurants. An open bar and an extraordinary silent auction filled with sports memorabilia will highlight the incredible benefit event. There will be an exclusive VIP meet and greet with X GAMES 13 featured athletes and celebrity guests.

Proceeds will support the work of two important charities, both the STAPLES Center Foundation and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

About STAPLES Center Foundation
STAPLES Center Foundation has established a number of partnerships in the Los Angeles community to assist charities in raising funds and awareness for their organizations with a special emphasis on the low-income neighborhoods surrounding the arena. The Foundation has donated an excess of $7 million in financial and in-kind support to many community-based organizations, helping to reach those in need.

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $60 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation now awards 100 percent of all new direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation, which has received a top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years, awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Review Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

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