A Beginner's Guide to Monster Jam

Monster Jam

Tomorrow is the Big -- and I do mean BIG -- Day! We are excited to be watching Monster Jam at Santa Clara's new Levi's Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers. It will be our second Monster Jam show, and now that I know what to expect, I am looking forward to gasping in disbelief and excitement along with everyone else! Monster Jam is really a fun show, but if you haven't been to a Monster Jam show yet, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. For all you Monster Jam newbies, here is a primer on what to expect at Monster Jam:

What are Monster Jam trucks?
Approximately 12’ tall and about 12’ wide, Monster Jam® trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66 inch tires. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks have 1,500 horsepower and are capable of speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can jump more than 30’ high and travel a distance of about 130’ flying through the air. That’s longer than 14 cars lined up side by side!

Monster Jam

What happens at Monster Jam live events?
At most live events, Monster Jam trucks face off in two different forms of competition — side-by-side racing and freestyle. Racing is traditional bracket racing, where the first truck to cross the finish line with the least number of penalties is the winner. The freestyle competition allows drivers a limited amount of time on an open floor to show off their skills as they finesse the huge machines in a jaw-dropping display of punishing stunts and amazing tricks that make these high-horsepower beasts appear to dance gracefully across the track.

Where do they get the cars to crush?
Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are obtained from local recycling centers and returned after each event. Full-size steel body cars are the vehicles typically crushed during an event. More than 3,000 cars are crushed at Monster Jam events each and every year.

Who are the stars of the show?
Here's a list of trucks appearing at tomorrow's show:
  • Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Dennis Anderson
  • Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents
  • FOX Sports 1 Cleatus driven by Frank Krmel
  • Monster Mutt® driven by Dustin Brow
  • Lucas Oil Crusader® driven by Linsey Weenk
  • Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw
  • Captain's Curse® driven by Alex Blackwell
  • Doom's Day, Team Hot Wheels® Firestorm® driven by Scott Buetow
  • Metal Mulisha driven by Todd LeDuc
  • Mohawk Warrior℠ driven by George Balhan
  • Scooby-Doo™ driven by Nicole Johnson
  • El Toro Loco® driven by Dan Rodoni
  • The Patriot driven by Andrew Peckham
  • Titan driven by Donald Epidendio
  • Avenger® driven by Jim Koehler
  • Wrecking Crew™ driven by Steve Koehler
Why should I attend a Monster Jam event?
Monster Jam combines the best of a stunt show, a freestyle competition, and a racing competition! You'll find yourself amazed at how the drivers can do all the things they do, and you'll find yourself holding your breath whenever they make their trucks spin, jump, and flip.  Monster Jam is affordable for the whole family, and unlike traditional sporting events or family shows, you can actually meet the stars of the show at the pre-show Pit Party and post-show autograph sessions!

Monster Jam

Buy tickets for Monster Jam at Levi's Stadium online!  If you live outside the SF Bay Area, go to Monster Jam online for an event near you.

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Show information (in italics) is provided by Feld Entertainment.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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