Since I am the Feld Entertainment Ambassador for the Monster Jam, coming soon to Sleep Train Arena on January 17th, 18th and 19th – I wanted to learn a bit more about what a Monster Jam is and share that information with my readers. I found it quite fascinating!
There are two styles of competition at a Monster Jam event. One is side-by-side racing which is the traditional bracket racing. The truck with the least amount of penalties is the winner. The second is the freestyle competition which allows drivers a limited amount of time to show off their skills. The fans serve as judges! More than 4 million Monster Jam fans attend events each year worldwide.
The typical monster truck cost over $600,000 a year to build, staff, compete, transport and maintain during the Monster Jam tour, AND a typical team travels approximately 45,000 miles by land to attend these events. Consider this: the typical weight of a truck is approximately 10,000 pounds with a height of 12′ and length of 20′. The tires alone are 66″! A transport trailer (loaded) is 62,000 pounds. So if a team is traveling across the United States, that is a TALL order logistically! Impressive!
These trucks are supercharged full injected with the “Big Block American V8,” has a horsepower of 1350-2000 plus and runs on 99.9% Methanol (Alcohol). The top speed of a Monster Jam truck is 70 MPH (which are equipped with tachometers which measure the working speed of an engine vs. speedometers which measure vehicle speed), and the fuel economy of these trucks runs 7 gallons per mile.
Of course, these trucks undergo a full 50 point inspection prior to each show and track officials can shut a truck off any time remotely with a RII (Remote Ignition Interrupter). Safety is king to all drivers with a 5 point racing harness, fire resistant suit, gloves, shoes with a helmet. Plus there is an on board fire extinguisher system on each Monster truck as well.
How many cars are typically crushed per year at Monster Jam events? Approximately 3,000 per year. Not only cars – but vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes, ambulances are attained from local junkyards and returned (crushed) after each event. Steel body full-size cares are the vehicles typically crushed during a monster truck event.
The World Finals are held in Las Vegas, NV which brings 24 of the TOP trucks in the world to compete for the World Freestyle and Racing Championships. Competitors are by invitation only. To learn more about Monster Jam – click this link: http://www.monsterjam.com/ You can follow Monster Jam on Twitter @MonsterJam or like Monster Jam on Facebook!
Here is additional information regarding the event:
Grave Digger, Batman, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Destoyer, Playin for Keeps plus Captain USA and Double trouble will be there!
Plus enjoy on Saturday and Sunday the “Party in the Pits” pre-show which gives fans access to view their favorite trucks, drivers up close for autographs and photos!
Friday, January 17th – Showtime is 7:30 PM.
Saturday, January 18th – Pit Party* – Open from 5:00 PM-6:30PM. Showtime – 7:30PM.
Sunday, January 19th – Pit Party* – Open from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Showtime – 2:00PM.
*Day-of Event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry each day*
Tickets are available now with the starting price as low as $20 for Adults, which range $20-$50 and kids (aged 2-12) are only $5 each for select seating! The limit is 4 kids per Adult ticket purchase. Pit Passes will be available to purchase for $10 Adults / $5 Kids (ages 2-12). Tickets can be found online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Sleep Train Arena Box Office. **Above ticket prices are advance tickets only; all tickets are $2 more day of the show. Tickets are subject to convenience, service and handling fees.**
Fun for the kids and family!
“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. Even though I receive these benefits, I give an opinion that is 100% mine.”