The 2023 CrossFit Games start in just one day, and they are set to last from August 1-6. Moreover, they are taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, which is the sixth year that the action takes place in this location. Although Madison has hosted the CrossFit Games since 2017, with the only exception being 2020, this will be the final year. So, the 2024 CrossFit Games will not be taking place in Madison as per multiple sources.
While many officials from CrossFit and the city of Madison have released Statements, the most credible source is definitely Dave Castro. Dave recently took over as the leader of CrossFit Sport Team, and now holds one of the highest positions in the organization.
Dave Castro turned to his YouTube video on July 31st, directly from Madison. He addressed multiple currently relevant topics about the CrossFit Games, including Jason Smith’s recent drug test fail. However, what stood out was his announcement that the 2024 CrossFit Games will not be held in Madison. However, he did not reveal any information about where they plan to relocate the competition.
“The Games won’t come back here… It was our first home outside of California and it has been a significant location for the development of the Sport… Tons of memories. We will always be grateful to Madison for hosting us.”
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The news that CrossFit Games will not come back to Madison in 2024 comes as a shock. Largely because both CrossFit & Madison initially announced the continuation of their agreement back in January. However, for some undisclosed reason, their agreement fell apart. So, CrossFit will have to find a new location, which will open up a new chapter of the sport.
“We’re thrilled to return to Madison where we’ve been able to form an incredible partnership with the city and local community,” said CrossFit CEO, Don Faul, back in January.
However, the era of Madison will never be forgotten. It has displayed some of the greatest moments in the history of CrossFit. Among countless achievements seen in Madison, we also witnessed Tia-Clair Toomey becoming the Winningest Individual in CrossFit.
The city of Madison also experienced benefits, as the CrossFit Games attracted tens of thousands of tourists to the city each year. This resulted in a massive increase in revenue, which reached $12 million according to the estimation of Destination Madison.
However, although the agreement stood, CrossFit started looking into other hosts for their greatest competition in 2021. Ever since then, it has become almost impossible to predict whether the show will remain in Madison or move to another city. Some names that frequently came up in the talks about a new location were Dallas, Denver, Austin, and a few others. We will see if any of these come out as a new location for the 2024 CrossFit Games.
Although it is unfortunate that the CrossFit Games won’t be held in Madison anymore, the announcement comes at a good time since everyone will want to make the most of this year’s competition. Dave Castro’s statement indicates that CrossFit has already determined where its next location will be, but hasn’t released it yet.