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ESPN8: The Eight Returns Aug. 5th for Sixth Year; Features Day of Live Events from Rock Hill, SC

  • Full 24 Hours of Unique Sports Programming on ESPN2; More than 14 Hours from South Carolina
  • Marty Smith and Ryan McGee Host Live The Eight Show

ESPN8: The Eight takes over ESPN2 for 24 hours on Friday, Aug. 5, becoming the No. 1 destination for “seldom seen sports.” The latest in the evolution of The Eight includes 14.5 hours of live events from two venues in Rock Hill, SC – The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center and Manchester Meadows. A BOLD strategy indeed, Cotton. The day in South Carolina begins at 8 am ET with the Turf Wars Kickball Invitational and concludes with the US Air Guitar All-Star Air-off at 9 pm

Other events taking place in Rock Hill include:

  • World Ax Throwing League
  • AWA Wiffle Ball
  • 2022 Bullshooter Invitational Shootout
  • 2022 Pro Breaking Tour Invitational
  • Pogopalooza Cup 2022
  • Omega Ball Invitational
  • USA Dodgeball All-Star Showcase
  • Slippery Stairs

The American Cornhole League (ACL) will host its SuperHole III event at The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center. The quarterfinals will air at 4 pm and the finals will air at 8 pm The SuperHole event pairs a celebrity with an ACL pro for the competition. Celebrities set to participate include: Jay Cutler, Doug Flutie, Terry Kirby, Ben Rector, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Dawn Staley, Chris Weidman and ESPN and SEC Network’s own Marty Smith.

Smith and co-host Ryan McGee will also anchor a one-hour special The Eight Show live from inside The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center at 2 pm

The Rock Hill venues will each open an hour before the first event. Tickets are required for the ACL SuperHole events and US Quadball will have a “pay what you can” encouraged option to support the league and its athletes.

The surrounding nine-plus hours of content include fan favorites such as corgi races, Spikeball, air hockey, World Chase Tag and Death Diving, while introducing new-to-The-Ocho distinguishable sports such as pickleball, belt sander races, bed races, financial modelling, paper wings and Teqball.

In the days surrounding The Ocho, there will be previews and encores of ESPN8: The Ocho content on ESPN2, including sports such as Magic City Jai-Alai, knife throwing and US Ultimate Frisbee.

  • Monday, Aug. 1: 8 pm – midnight
  • Tuesday, Aug. 2: 8 pm – midnight
  • Wednesday, Aug 3: 8 – 11 pm
  • Sunday, Aug 7: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8: 7 pm – midnight

ESPN Deportes will feature a block of content in Spanish from noon-2 pm including World Chase Tag, Air Hockey and Teqball.

In celebration of The Eight event, fans can purchase their very own ESPN recreational sports games, including Cornhole and Kan Jam, as well as all-new apparel. These items will be available soon online.

2022 ESPN8: The Eight Television Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event Location network
Fri, Aug 5 midnight 2022 Corgi Races at Emerald Downs ESPN8
12:30 am Evolution of Cliff Diving ESPN8
1 am The Story of Spikeball ESPN8
1:30 a.m. USA Pickleball National Championships ESPN8
2 am Tiny Meeker’s Baddest Bencher on the Planet ESPN8
2:30 a.m. 2021 Corunna Belt Sander Races ESPN8
3:00 a.m 2022 Noblesville Bed Races ESPN8
3:30 a.m. Franklin Rock River Stone Skipping Competition ESPN8
4 a.m. 2021 AUDL Championship ESPN8
4:30 a.m. 2022 eSkootr Championship ESPN8
5 am Excel Esports: All-Star Battle ESPN8
5:30 am 2021 World Air Hockey Championships ESPN8
6 am 2022 World Table Hockey Championships ESPN8
6:30 a.m 2022 New Swarm FlingGolf Classic ESPN8
7 am Red Bull Paper Wings ESPN8
7:30 am Teqball: World is Curved ESPN8
8 a.m. Turf Wars Kickball Invitational* manchester meadows ESPN8
9 a.m. World Ax Throwing League: The Commissioners Cup* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
10 a.m. AWA Wiffle Ball at The Eight* manchester meadows ESPN8
11am 2022 Bullshooter Invitational Shootout* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
Noon U.S. Quadball Invitational* manchester meadows ESPN8
World Chase Tag London ESPN Sports
1 pm 2022 Pro Breaking Tour Invitational* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
2021 World Air Hockey Championships ESPN Sports
1:30 p.m. Teqball – “World is Curved” ESPN Sports
2 p.m. The Eight Show* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
3 p.m. Pogopalooza Cup 2022* manchester meadows ESPN8
4 p.m. ACL SuperHole III Quarterfinals* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
5 pm OmegaBall Invitational* manchester meadows ESPN8
6 p.m. USA Dodgeball All-Star* Showcase Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
7 p.m. Slippery Stairs at The Eight* manchester meadows ESPN8
8 p.m. ACL SuperHole III Finals* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
9 p.m. US Air Guitar All-Star Air-off* Rock Hill Sports & Event Center ESPN8
10:30 pm World Chase Tag London ESPN8
11:30 p.m. Death Diving: Austin ESPN8

*Live Events

** Schedule Subject to Change

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About The Facilities
The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center and Manchester Meadows are owned, operated, programmed and maintained by the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. For more information about these facilities: www.cityofrockhill.com/prt

About The City of Rock Hill
Founded in 1852, Rock Hill, South Carolina is the largest city in York County and home to nearly 75,000 residents. Located about 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC, Rock Hill is known for strong planning principles and proactive infrastructure improvements. Neighbors serving neighbors is at the heart of the City’s 24/7/365 operations, leading to the tag line “Always on.” In addition to public safety and sanitation services, the City provides reliable, safe and efficient electric, sewer and stormwater services locally, and as the regional water supplier. Rock Hill has also established itself as a sports tourism destination, hosting the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, and many other local, national and international events. For more information about the City of Rock Hill: www.cityofrockhill.com.

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