Heart-pounding excitement awaits you at Monster Jam® at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium for a show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, January 24, 2015. Drivers compete in a timed qualifying round, the obstacle course, and the ever-wild freestyle event.
I’m not going to lie. I’m a “girly” girl. I like to get gussied up to go to the Orlando Philharmonic and could spend hours watching the dolphins swim gently by at SeaWorld. With the exception of attending a Magic game, or when my son is too far ahead of me on his bike, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever find me screaming at the top of my lungs…until you get me at a Monster Jam event, that is! Then “the voice” kicks in, and I don’t mean my singing pipes!
The first round is where drivers vie for the quickest qualifying time. Monster Jam events happen concurrently around the country, so there are drivers aiming for the shortest times and those all-important points. It’s kind of like compulsory figures in ice skating, that athletes have to do well to be in good standing. (Showing my “usual” interest and my *cough* age.) In the Tampa Monster Jam event we attended, Monster Energy “skated” through the course in 25.173 seconds with El Toro Loco “gliding” in at 25.492.
In between the events, young ATV drivers show their stuff as they race around the track. Color me impressed with the skill and determination of the young racers!
Monster Jam Obstacle Course was next where Monster Mutt won with Hooked right on his heels. In Freestyle, however, I did my most shouting. Some of it was willing the behemoth vehicles NOT to flip over (and if they did, to flip BACK to their wheels-on-the-ground position). At other times, it was “at” the judges (who did not—IMHO— give Madusa and Monster Mutt their due after being the only two drivers to attempt the huge ramp backflips).
Suffice it to say, if you “think” Monster Jam isn’t your thing, give it a try. If you have kids who love racing excitement (and Hot Wheels!)… take them. And if you have a husband or partner who wants some loud racing, truck flipping, dirt flying excitement…. Well, you get the picture!
Trucks appearing in the all-new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium are:
- Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler
- Scooby-Doo™ driven by Brianna Mahon
- Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents
- Son-uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson
- Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Rod Schmidt
- Grave Digger the Legend® driven by Adam Anderson
- Soldier Fortune driven by Chad Fortune
- Gunslinger® driven by Scott Hartsock
- Black Stallion® driven by Mike Vaters
- Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters Jr.
- Higher Education driven by Jim Tracey
- Iron Warrior® driven by Matt Cody
- The Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal
- Razin Kane driven by Buddy Thompkins
- Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon
- Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo
Subject to change without notice.
Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Citrus Bowl Stadium Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.monsterjam.com.
Party In The Pits — Saturday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Before the event is the ever-popular Party In The Pits. The Pit Party is a HUGE attraction for kids and families. You can score FREE Pit Passes at your Orlando area Southern Ford Dealers from 12/29/14 – 1/24/15! While supplies last.
Pit Passes are also available at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Box Office, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000.
Saturday, January 24 – 7:00 PM event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.
Can’t wait until the weekend?
Four of the Orlando show’s biggest stars will be on display in this week. Take pictures with the enormous trucks and meet the drivers, before the show in the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Saturday, January 24. Best part, it’s free to the public.
Trucks will be on display Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23 at these times and locations:
Overkill Evolution | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 190 N. Hwy 27 | Clermont, FL 34711
Son Uva Digger | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Metro PCS | 1453 Sand Lake Road | Orlando, FL 32809
Max D | Thursday, Jan. 22 | 3-7 p.m.
Circle K | 700 S. Kirkman Road | Orlando, FL 32811
Grave Digger Legend | Friday, Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Universal Technical Institute | 2202 West Taft-Vineland Road | Orlando, FL 32837
*Trucks listed above are subject to change.
Monster Jam Orlando Trivia:
A crew of eight works 18-20 hours a day for three straight days to construct a monster truck course!
For the Orlando show, work begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The entire surface of turf at the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be covered with a wall-to-wall protective polyurethane product. Each sheet of product is 20’ long, 5’ wide and ¼”
thick, and weighs 130 pounds. The work team uses a carpet-pulling device to make a tight seal above the turf.
Dump trucks make more than 200 trips to deliver the dirt
Stadium officials and architects consulted Monster Jam in the development of the $3 million+ Orlando Citrus Bowl’s all-new South End tunnel, which provides Monster Jam with easier access in and out of the stadium.
Each year 700,000 cubic yards of dirt are used to put on Monster Jam events.
The Orlando Citrus Bowl track is approximately 230’ wide by 360’ long.
Once the event ends, the dirt move-out process starts immediately. All dirt and field protection product is generally completely removed within 20 hours after the Monster Jam event concludes.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets to attend the
Tampa Monster Jam show in exchange for this honest review.