Maloof Skateboarding and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority dedicated to attracting premier events to the District, today announced a multi-year agreement to host the Maloof Money Cup, presented by Vans, on a world-class skate park to be built on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. This skate park, to be named Maloof Cup Park, will host the world’s best professional skateboarders at the inaugural Maloof Money Cup D.C. September 3-4.
“We’re excited to bring the Maloof Money Cup to our nation’s capital,” said Joe Maloof, creator of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “This location at RFK Stadium was ideal and we thank Vans and Events DC for making it possible for the park to remain as a permanent structure in the community. We invite everyone to come out Labor Day weekend to the first-ever Maloof Money Cup D.C. It’s going to be an incredible contest with the world’s best skaters competing on a brand new course inspired by DC skate spots and landmarks.”
Designed by Pro Skater Geoff Rowley and Joe Ciaglia’s team at California Skateparks, the 15,000-square-foot skate park is the first major skate park in Washington, D.C. and is inspired by Freedom Plaza and the architecture up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.
“It was important for us to take design elements from real DC skate spots and try to replicate them and hopefully complement them as much as possible,” said Rowley. “The local skaters will recognize some of these influences like the Freedom Plaza Ledges and the Golden Rail made famous by legendary locals like Pepe Martinez, Chris Hall and many more original DC rippers,” said Rowley.
Maloof Money Cup D.C. represents the first new event attracted to the District since Events DC rebranded as an organization last month. Following the contest, Maloof Cup Park will be available to the community as a recreational facility throughout the year. Events DC will oversee maintenance of the park and will look to attract other special event programming at the venue.
“This partnership speaks to our ability to deliver on our promise of creating economic and community benefits for the District of Columbia,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “In a short time, the Maloof Money Cup has grown into a global event and we look forward to hosting the world’s skateboard community in Washington, D.C. this fall. And most importantly, the city will now have a world-class recreational facility for the skateboard community to enjoy throughout the year.”
Tickets for Maloof Money Cup D.C. are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com (one-day ticket: $15; two-day ticket: $25).
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