Nitro World Games - what's it all about?

Here's What To Expect When Nitro World Games Comes To Cardiff In 2020! | Live Nation UK

It's a weekend of high-octane, extreme sports action. It's the world’s preeminent action sports competition taking place for the first time ever outside the United States. It's coming to Wales.

Over 100 elite competitors in Skate Vert, BMX Best Trick, BMX Triple Hit, Scooter Best Trick and Freestyle Motocross will face off not only for a coveted trophy, but more importantly for ultimate bragging rights as a world champion. It's mix of exciting, adrenaline-charged events, huge big air formats and innovative ramp design, featuring top athletes from across the globe. As well as the competitions, there will also be loads of family-friendly activities to keep everyone happy. Created by Nitro Circus and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. 

Nitro World Games Wales 2020 will take over Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with five electrifying action sports disciplines, all of which push the limits of gravity. Freestyle Motocross and BMX Best Trick each take big air action to the next level thanks to the world’s biggest and tallest ramps, and both have been fan favorites since the event’s inception. Also a fixture is BMX Best Triple Hit, requiring a singular combination of aerial agility and technical consistency necessary to land three tricks in quick succession. Skate Vert, a recent addition to Nitro World Games, will see top athletes take on the halfpipe, and rounding out the event is Scooter Best Trick, featuring one of action sports’ fastest growing disciplines and the biggest ramp used in competition.

Travis Pastrana, action sports icon and 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 U.S. and now crossing borders for the first time and coming to Cardiff, Wales, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Olympic snowboarder and noted television commentator Todd Richards has been announced as the official host of event. Skate legend Tony Hawk joins Travis Pastrana as the broadcasting co-host.

Tickets, including single and multi day passes are available now from the Nitro World Games website.

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Scooter Best Trick competition.
BMX cyclist doing tricks from a very high ramp.
FMX motorbike going up a ramp and doing tricks sequence.
Scooter Best Trick, BMX Best Trick and Freestyle Motocross sequence from previous Nitro World Games

Why Principality Stadium?

We think it's pretty special. After all, Principality Stadium has been the spiritual home of Welsh sport since 1999. It's the proud owner of the world's first fully retractable roof, and is widely regarded as one of the best modern event venues in the world. There's nothing like being right in the middle of 74,000 rugby fans, experiencing spine-tingling singing lifting the roof.

It's no stranger to hosting world-class sports events - Speedway, Monster Jam, world championship boxing, indoor cricket, equestrian events, Rugby World Cup and Six Nations, plus the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final to name but a few. It's also rocked Cardiff with a music gig or two. The Manic Street Preachers, Pink, Beyoncé, U2, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay have all played sell-out concerts here. 

It's right in the centre of our capital city so just a short walk to Cardiff Central railway station, city centre hotels and top quality restaurants and pubs. 

External shot of Principality Stadium, Cardiff alongside the River Taff.
Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Cardiff - what's to do?

Cardiff is an interesting city to discover. It's a modern, vibrant capital, mixing the old with the new with plenty to do for everyone in the family. It's easy to travel to by public transport, plane or car, and once you're there it's fairly simple to get around by public transport. One of the best things about Cardiff is that the city centre is compact, mainly flat and easily walkable. Highlights include Cardiff Castle, the various free museums, Bute Park and Cardiff Bay. There's an abundance of quality places to eat or grab a coffee and cake while you mooch about.

Love shopping? Cardiff is famous for the Arcades full of quirky shops and delis, plus we have the well-known stores spread across Queen Street, the city centre shopping malls and around The Hayes. Cardiff Indoor Market is fab to look round, and there are Farmer's Markets around the city on a weekend. Find out more in our Cardiff shopping guide.

If the Nitro World Games doesn't supply enough adrenaline for you head to Cardiff International White Water for a rafting buzz. There's also go karting with Teamsport Cardiff, indoor climbing at Boulders or some escape room action at Breakout Cardiff

Evening entertainment isn't lacking either - we have three city centre theatres, plus the Millennium Centre and the Glee Club down the Bay. Plenty of venues hold regular live entertainment, and of course there's the vibrant nightclub scene...

You're also spoiled for choice for places to stay. Cardiff has everything from budget hostels to luxurious 5 star spa hotels. Use our accommodation database to search for somewhere to stay.

And don't forget your tickets, including single and multi day passes are available now from the Nitro World Games website.

Blick auf Cardiff Castle - normannische Festung und Märchenschloss.
A group of people in a white water rafting boat
Cardiff Bay Boat Trips with Pierhead Building and WMC in background
Cardiff Castle, whitewater rafting and Cardiff Bay

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Aerial view of Cardiff looking towards the Bristol Channel.
Cardiff from above

World First in Wales

Three-Rider Double Backflip Stunt at Caerphilly Castle

This is the level of thing you will see at Nitro World Games 2020. A world first three rider double rider double backflip! 

Nitro World Games is the stage where many athletes aim to achieve their world first tricks to raise their scores and chance of podium.

Buy your tickets now from the Nitro World Games website.

I am excited to help bring the raw energy of Nitro World Games to Wales,” Tony Hawk says. “The UK has had a consistently strong skate scene since the early 80’s so it will be a great fit, and long overdue.”

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