The Tennis Stadium at the HDC

2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Announcing the 2010 CrossFit Games

July 16-18, 2010 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles

We are very proud to announce that the 2010 CrossFit Games will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA from July 16-18. This is a great step forward for the Sport of Fitness, as we will take full advantage of the 125 acre facility in one of the world's largest metropolises.

The primary competition areas will be the 8,000 seat Tennis Stadium and 8,000 seat Track and Field Stadium (see attached photos). This is where the Summer X-Games were held for several years, so we have lots of freedom to alter the playing fields to fit our needs. Rogue Fitness is fabricating at least two major steel structures that we'll use for standard, and maybe not so standard, CrossFit drills. The Unknown and Unknowable will definitely be a part of the 2010 Games! Check out the video for more information!

There is certainly a little sadness leaving Aromas, but the Games have gotten so big that the County permitting process was no longer possible. We have been exploring a wide variety of options over the past few months, and are very excited to be finally announcing our selection of the HDC.

The Home Depot Center solves many logisitical challenges for the Games, as well as gives us some opportunities not possible in Aromas. For one, it lets us ramp up the production our live webcast of the Games (over 25 hours of coverage over three days live shown for free on CrossFitGames.com!).

Obviously, Los Angeles has plenty of hotel capacity for the CrossFit world to convene in comfort. We also will be offering 13 VIP Luxury Suites for rent, each with 15 seats and room for up to 20 people with private catering. Lot 17 will be a dedicated Tent City with a Beer Garden, food services, and live video feeds from the stadiums.

Spectator tickets will be General Admission (no assigned seats), and handled by Ticketmaster. Registration for Athletes, Judges, Volunteers and Sponsors will be handled by our registration system. VIP Luxury Suites are handled by a separate department at the HDC. More details on all these in about two weeks.

We are working with local hotels to arrange discounts, so wait for that if you want. Otherwise, book away. We tried to arrange for RV's and/or camping or even overnight parking at the facility but that is not possible. Los Angeles regulations are very strict about this, so there can be NO overnight stays at the HDC.

LAX is the closest airport, but it's also the craziest. John Wayne/Orange County (SNA), Burbank (BUR), Ontario (ONT), and Long Beach (LGB) are smaller alternates all within about a half-hour drive without traffic.

The HDC is about a five-hour drive South of Aromas, so if you already bought tickets to the Bay Area, you can weigh the cost of driving against changing your flights.

Traffic is pretty bad all over LA, and public transportation around the HDC isn't great, so it's probably a good idea to carpool as much as possible.

Best of luck to all the athletes and teams competing in the Regionals. We can't wait to see the best of you in the stadiums this July!

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The Tennis Stadium from the Athletes Entrance Tunnel The North half of the Track and Field Stadium The South half of the Track and Field Stadium

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75 comments on this entry

1. Arlo wrote...

This is awesome! I can't wait. I will miss the camping at Aromas, but this is great!

2. Kelsi wrote...

Yes very very exciting!!!!! Yet Aromas was such a short drive and now it's all the way down in SoCal!!! Well, let the planning begin! Woohoooo CrossFit Games 2010!

3. Web wrote...

Pretty exciting!

4. Anthony wrote...

Great, now I gotta cancel the flight to San Francisco and go to LAX!

5. Playoff Beard wrote...

Wow, I don't know how to feel about this.

On one hand, I'm excited to see the sport of fitness growing at such a healthy pace! On the other hand, it feels like the end of an era for me...almost like the end if innocence for some wierd reason.

Well, I'll see you all in Carson!

6. jack wrote...

AWESOME!!! How much are tickets going to be for spectators?

7. Jesse Gray wrote...

Great move, the HDC is a good venue for these type of events. In addition to the X Games, they host the Warped tour there and for a while at least, they hosted the IRB 7's tournament there. Lots of parking, easy to get in and out. I would highly recommend anyone flying in to go through Long Beach, it's actually pretty close and way less of a hassle than LAX.

Good Luck Crossfit!

8. gaucoin wrote...

Well, even though the expansion of the Games is cool I'm pretty bummed that we're no longer going to be hanging in Aromas. Mainly because we've already booked flights into San Fran and have accomodations set up in Aptos!

9. Adam Stevenson wrote...

Sad it wont be at Aromas, but very excited for the sport!
Also happy I got to compete in Aromas last year.

10. shirley wrote...

Wow... this is awesome. Not far from home now!

11. mcsharry wrote...

sick! 20 min drive for me :D

12. Steven Platek wrote...

I am so mad that I am east coast and can't make it! I wish I were rich and famous, or LOCAL! Gonna be amazing!
Congrats for the great accomplishment!

13. Tubbs wrote...

Wow this is great for the sport and the athletes. I hope I can make it down to compete!

14. Joe_T wrote...

I too have tix to San Francisco, non-refundable at that. Not sure about making an 8 hour drive down to LA. I possibly booked a vacation to Santa Cruz and didn't even know it. Talk about unknown and unknowable!

15. Catrina Flynn, RN wrote...

I am an RN and I am very interested in volunteering on the Medical Team for this event at HDC. Who should I contact? Thanks.

16. Stacey M wrote...

It's kinda BS. On the one hand I'm glad to see our sport grow. On the other hand I'm thinking it's getting to big for it's britches. The popularity is bringing attitude that thus far this sport has not really seen. I'd like to see it kept in Aromas and limited the number of spectators and participants.

17. Adrian Bozman wrote...

For those of you who already have tickets to SF/San Jose, make sure you check Southwest airlines...you can often find flights from SF/San Jose/Oakland to LA or San Diego for pretty cheap. This won't cause you to have to make drastic changes to your plans.

Hope it helps,
-Boz

18. Rochelle Simmer wrote...

This is such a shock!!! At first I was thinking Aromas is the heart of the CF Games, then I thought.... No more HILL RUNS!!!! lol. (unless we get surprised) I am from MO but grew up in the OC, so now I will be bringing the troops from the midwest and all my friends and family from the OC to see what the CF Games are all about!!! This is amazing!! Great job on the location guys!

19. Ken Smithmier wrote...

After attending last year's games it was obvious the event was outgrowing the site and had to be moved.
Hard to believe that 2 months before the event the best alternative around is a tennis stadium in LA? No thanks.

20. Baker wrote...

lame lame lame, sky boxes? really? maybe it will be a better venue but it does take away some of the appeal...we shall see

21. Nuno Costa wrote...

Bad Ass!!!

It will be EPIC...

22. Rochelle Simmer wrote...

Just remember, CrossFit is growing and it has to be somewhere. The HDC is not just a tennis stadium, it is a place for concerts, the X Games and now the CrossFit Games. I am sure they looked high and low to find the perfect spot.

23. Steven wrote...

What are they gonna do with all the shirts
Aromas 2010. Sell them to Ross (dress for less)
It was a joke - man

24. Not a fan wrote...

Not a fan of the new venue. People sitting neatly in seats, synthetic surfaces and no connection to outdoor applicable real-world fitness that you find in a natural setting like Aromas doesn't feel the same. I hope to see the Games back on the Ranch or somewhere similar in 2011.

25. Will Blaker, Combat Sports Academy gym, Dublin, CA wrote...

Before a load of whiners jump on the bandwagon, which seems commonplace every time something new is planned for our sport, (remember all the bellyaching about the addition of the regionals last year?), keep in mind the reason. THE PERMIT PROCESS HAS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE IN AROMAS. With the infrastructure of the ranch, the games have outgrown it. Everything changes and grows, ( the first Super Bowl wasn't even a sell out), having said that I'm well aware that no matter the reason, you'll get all the detractors lining up for their annual bitch fest.

HQ, as always, huge undertaking for an event of this size. Great work, and I can't wait to see what you do with the venue. I'm sure, as always, it'll be epic.

P.S. Where to volunteer?

26. Adam wrote...

Congrats! This is a big leap forward for the sport, HQ and the rest of us (aka the athletes!)

27. Mike k wrote...

Great location. Now I can ride my bike to check it out. Who do we contact to be on the medical team??

28. Jason wrote...

Hey LA Awesome. When are we going to see the games held in other locations with Elevation, Sub Zero temperatures etc. Maybe a CrossFit Winter Games in like January or February. Montana or Colorado. Sounds crazy right. Not if you have to live there in January or February and try to do some work outside!

29. Jack wrote...

Jason ~ So true. I'm a Montana native and while being in the heat is one thing on the body, negative temps and snow create a completely different hurt. I'd love to see a winter games.

And for those bitching about the venue and the move from Aromas... Aromas will always be the home of the games, but just the same way that CrossFit has spread across the globe out of a garage, the games must move on. Metallica doesn't play gigs at the local pub anymore do they? Nope. This is good thing.

And for whoever the genius is that suggested people will be sitting neatly in the seats... not a chance. This isn't the PGA, there won't be ushers with "QUIET" signs. This is CrossFit. Loud, intense, competitive CrossFit. Also, why would anyone ever suggest limiting the number of spectators allowed? Limiting athletes is one thing, that's easy enough with sectionals and regionals. We get the best of the best and they advance. But who is to decide what people are lucky enough to watch the games? Do you suggest a lottery like season football tickets? Just hope for the best and if not tough luck? No, I love the new venue. The only thing limiting spectators is the number of seats in the house.

CrossFit is moving up in the world. People talk, and when people outside CrossFit hear about "some competition" going on at the HDC they will check out HQ and word will spread. I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of affiliates getting healthy bump in first time CrossFitters in August. And that's the ultimate goal isn't it? Get people into CrossFit and start improving themselves and their quality of life.

Congrats Greg Glassman and HQ and everyone else involved on locking down the HDC and best of luck on the events. I will see you in July, in one capacity or another :)

30. Mike k wrote...

Los Angeles is an ideal location. Fabulous weather thousands of people and a hot bed for crossfit.

31. Robyn wrote...

I cant believe so many people are getting up the guys at HQ who have arranged this.
Crossfit is getting bigger and better and being Crossfitters, you/we should all be stoked! I am a proud Crossfitter and so happy to see how far it has come since I came aboard in early 2009.
This is a great thing for Crossfit, not only in the US but all over the world. I'm in Australia and I am wishing I could afford to fly over and be there to see the growth and changes that have happened in the last year.
Good luck to everyone who competes and a huge congrats to all concerned who have managed to organise this huge event!

32. Darren Coughlan wrote...

This is Great for the Sport of CrossFit. Hope to be able to make it!

33. Travis wrote...

Getting kicked out!!! True CF style. Congrats to the whole CF community!

34. Andi wrote...

anybody know when and where we can start buying tickets?

35. Becky N wrote...

Wow. Aromas will be missed for sure. I was kind of looking forward to the idea of keeping the games small with a limited number of spectators and a very small number of competitors. I am sure this is good for CrossFit as a whole, but something about being at the ranch made it really have that garage gym feel. Good luck to all the athletes that make it out to LA :)

36. Adee Zukier wrote...

This is absolutely amazing! I love to see that people are beginning to appreciate what crossfit has to offer! I just got into crossfit this past year and I am so sad I never got to experience it at Aromas!! Crossfit has changed me forever! Can anyone please tell me how to get tickets this year?? I am dying to go i dont want to miss out any longer!! please email me or post back!! azukier@uoguelph.ca

37. charlie wrote...

#33 Travis...spot on, isnt that the CF affiliate code, start your garage gym and when you get too big, look for bigger premises...the venue wont change the feel of CF...the olympics, the world cup, are at different venues every time, so why not CF? i for one would like to recall competing in the CF games in NY, LA, Hawaii, Spain, Australia, wherever....constantly varied!

re the concern that CF will be lost in the expansion....the boxes remain the same, the trainers attitude is the same, its still grassroots for me, in my box....the games, thats just a testing ground....the core of CF remains the affiliates and the athletes, not the games venue....

38. eggraid101 wrote...

No more hill, but I'd be practicing running up and down stairs if I was a competitor! I'm excited to see what the gang has planned torture-wise.

39. Trevor wrote...

Man it's growing fast! But...since they are holding it in stadiums now, let's change the location each year like Jason said. North, South, East and West. Different altitudes, temps, etc...

40. Nick at OTG wrote...

Congrats CrossFit!!

Proud to be a part of the largest fitness movement in history and its growth!

Stoked for all of the athletes, volunteers and viewers!!

41. jacinto wrote...

I can't wait untill tomorrow because crossfit gets better
and better every day in every way.

42. Dave Lipson wrote...

This move was really inevitable. Bigger, better, and more of a spectacle the games will be this year. I'll never forget that hot dirt storm during heavy grace or that run through the hills in the 08'/09' games in Aromas.

43. Craig - Diablo CrossFit wrote...

Awesome venue for the Games: congrats guys & thank you. We have the Coliseum walls painted on the walls in our box to make clients feel like they're in the Arena! The HDC exemplifies this metaphor. It is the Roman Coliseum. And, our affiliate is the gritty, dirty arena in Morocco holding our own version of the Games - sending our best Gladiators off to Rome.

@44 Critic: your anonymity reveals your cowardice. Your comment reveals your ignorance. Not a flattering combination.

44. sakura wrote...

Wow. For sure a surprise but I'm really interested to see how it will all go (Craig--you will have to let me know!). Happy to see the progression over the years. Just sad the fam and I won't be able to make it (frickin' nursing school). I was hoping to drive up to Aromas for a few hours but you know what? This is HUGE for CrossFit. Just think of where we started and look at where we're going!

*cheers*

45. Jim Brikman wrote...

I'm still unsure whether I like the idea of a move from Aromas to LA, but I have no doubts about one thing: Ticketmaster is an abomination and a bad choice. $50 for qualifier tickets was questionable at best, but when you add Ticketmaster's "convenience charge", "email fee", and "not-like-you-have-another-choice fee", we'd be lucky to get to the games for less than $100 per person. And of course, none of those extra fees go to paying for the Games themselves. So, any other way to get tickets?

46. summergal wrote...

There's no way John Wayne is a half hour from LAX! It's around 50 miles and how can you say there's no traffic? That is just absurd!

47. summergal wrote...

Also, Carson is not a nice city. There are thugs and gangs there so do your research on where to stay.

48. Mike Porcelli wrote...

Although travel plans for some will be a problem, the move to this state of the art facility will only add to drama and magnitude of the 2010 Crossfit Games.

As a former Olympic level wrestler, I could not wait to compete in venues that were professional and can hold
large numbers of educated and knowledgeable fans. People screaming for excellence, and athletes delivering monster
performances...truly the Crossfit Games have become the Olympics or World Championships for fitness. well done!

49. summergal wrote...

I misread your thingee when you said "without traffic." Anyway, it is not a half hour without traffic. Southwest Airlines used to have good deals in and out of Ontario, but that was way back when flying wasn't such an expensive ordeal!

50. East "E" wrote...

I think it is great. Everything has it's Pro's and Con's, and change is just the way of life. There was much to appreciate about Aroma's, but just the difference in perception alone that the games are held in this type of venue is priceless. IMO, the more recognition and respect this sport is given the better...this surely adds to an already successful system.

Great job! Congratz! This is surely the result of focus, effort and determination. Everyone should be proud.

51. tucker wrote...

EPIC!

52. Justin A in Nor Cal wrote...

This is FREAKING awesome!! Go Games!!!

53. Andrew wrote...

Constantly varied - I would love it if they held the games somewhere different each year. Each new location would bring a new set of challenges for the competitors.

54. zach wrote...

does anybody out there have any pull with American Airlines? I booked my flights to Aromas. AA wants $300 to change. Was I wrong for booking so soon? The dates were up in a couple places. Can I expect some help from HQ? Do they even owe it to people who already booked?

55. .matt. wrote...

I can also attest to Long Beach Airport (LGB). Very easy to get in & out of. For those who already had flights to San Francisco (SFO), Jet Blue flies cheap between SFO to LGB (~$50 each way, sometimes even cheaper).

56. Holly wrote...

How much are spectator tickets? Are you in need of any volunteers?

57. Grant wrote...

Congrats! This is an exponential step forward to a venue that hosts several national events like tennis and track&field. An accelerator to this great sport.

58. ocErica wrote...

@summergal, John Wayne Airport IS about 30-45 minutes from Carson (Home Depot Center), not LA proper.

59. Jesse wrote...

For the record, it's 41 miles from John Wayne to LAX and without Traffic (rare, I know) you can do it in under 45 mins. From John Wayne to the HDC, it's only 31 miles and from Long Beach to the HDC it's only 11 miles.

60. DPolster wrote...

On the surface most feel a separation from the roots of Crossfit in moving from SantaCruz/Aromas, I believe I heard a collective sigh of relief from athletes knowing they wont have to run the hill. But the new venue will offer some opportunities to add elements that were suggested by staff, such as obstacle course or pool(which is just a few hundred yards away at CSU DominguezHills) Its also as important to provide the opportunity for fans of crossfit to attend and be part of the event.

61. Chip Jewett wrote...

The location is no doubt beautiful, but played at its best Crossfit is a contact - participative sport. Spectators crave to be close to the athletes. My guess is this may be difficult to accomplish at the HD Center Court. Any chance the Galaxy will loan us their field?

62. Forrest Jung wrote...

We are extremely excited about the change in venue, but are definitely biased. We are only 9 miles away from the Home Depot Center and 4 miles away from LAX. If any traveling CrossFitters need a place to workout during that week, we welcome everyone free of charge. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

63. Shannon Franklin wrote...

FANTABULOUS! Man it is hard to believe how quickly CrossFit is growing. It is like an epic storm. How exciting to have witnessed such growth in the few years I've been involved with CrossFit.

For anyone who cares, John Wayne Airport in Burbank, CA is a dream. I live right down the street. Fly here instead of LAX. Save yourself a lot of headaches and logistical nightmares. Drive to your hotel from here. You'll be glad you did.

When will info be posting regarding volunteering? I did it last year and had a blast!

64. Shannon Franklin wrote...

Sorry, BUR is Burbank airport, not John Wayne. My bad.

65. Don wrote...

Awesome - this is a great thing for the entire CrossFit community!

66. Carey wrote...

Definitely think this is a good thing for the games. I think the games should be every second year now. That'll allow the athletes to really make some progress between games and also ensure the games don't lose their appeal by being over-done...

67. Amadraeus wrote...

This sucks. I left my CrossFit heart at the Castro ranch. I want to thank that family for their hospitality and for hosting the Games in their ranch for the last three years! As far as a new venue goes, LA is nice and all, but we should just buy some land in the middle of the Nevada desert and make a sort of Las Vegas of fitness (as opposed to debauchery). Maybe when some of our affiliates are making more $$ we can go in on it together. Bwahahaha.

68. Nick Nissen wrote...

When can you start buying tickets for the games in Carson?

69. Charlie Lima wrote...

How late will the events go on Sunday, July 18th and how early will they start on Friday, July 16th? I am contemplating flying out Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.

70. Steven Metz wrote...

Awesome! I finally get to see them live, Anyone needs a place to stay for the week let me know I have a small cottage for sublet for the weekend.

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