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MOBILE SKATEPARK SERIES HITS TOWN

Niagara Falls will host the Mobile Skatepark Series, which includes a number of top professional skateboarders, in-line skaters and freestyle BMX riders. The visit by the series on Thursday through Sunday will coincide with the grand opening of the Niagara Action Dome, a new action sports park formerly known as the Adelphia Sports Complex.

The dome will serve as this year's third nationwide stop for the Mobile Skatepark Series, a large-scale extreme sports and lifestyle festival that blends competition with cultural activities. The series was developed by ASA Events, a California-based company, in order to offer an interactive experience between the pros and the followers of extreme sports. Along with the skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX riding, other activities billed by the series include live music, break dancing, video game playing, freestyle rapping and graffiti art.

There are six professional contests scheduled for the weekend -- BMX Street, BMX Vert, In-line Street, In-line Vert, Skateboard Street Best Trick and Skateboard Street Vert Trick.

Some of the extreme sport stars expected to compete are Jamie Bestwick, Jake Brown, Fabiola da Silva, Sandro Dias, Marc Englehart, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jaren Grob, Danny Mayer, Tas Pappas, John Parker, Marcus Ringstrom, Kevin Robinson, Rick Thorne, Lincoln Ueda, and Eito and Takeshi Yasutoko.

Series promoters also claim the event will generate a minimum of seven hours of national programming on Fox Sports Net during August and September. They are hoping to attract 40,000-45,000 spectators throughout the course of the four-day event.

The Niagara Action Dome is located at 4333 Porter Road in Niagara Falls. There is no charge to watch. Visit www.mssevent.com for additional information.

Each of the four days has a different schedule. A day-by-day breakdown of the series visit is as follows:

Thursday -- Anyone is given the opportunity to skate on the same street course and half-pipe that the pros will use. There is an $8 fee for a two-hour session in the skate park, and full protective gear must be worn at all times. Friday -- More than 50 pros from as many as 15 countries will participate in street and vert inline skating competitions.

Saturday -- Freestyle BMX street and vert competitions will include more than 40 participants, all vying for a spot in this fall's U.S. Championships. Sunday -- More than 20 pros will compete in street and vert skateboarding events, as well as put on various demonstrations.
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