It was a monster of a time last night at the Monster Jam show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
We got to see some of the biggest and baddest Monster Jam trucks – including Grave Digger: The Legend, MadUSA, Grave Digger, Captain America, Thrasher, Black Stallion and Overkill Evolution — blitz and blaze through the air, sometimes soaring up over 30 feet, in their quest to crush the competition (and the poor cars underneath!).
The show included a racing and freestyle competitions through an obstacle course. My favorite part was when the trucks came out to do donuts. Some of the trucks looked so graceful, like they were gliding or floating on air as they spun around and around.
Before the show we attended the Party in the Pits event where we got a chance to meet the drivers, take photos, get autographs and get a look at these amazing Monster Jam trucks up close. All of the drivers were super friendly and it’s clearly evident that they appreciate their fans, especially the kids and they took their time to talk with them and make a connection.
MadUSA & Grave Digger all flying high and crushing the competition
We got to spend a little time with Adam Anderson, the driver of Grave Digger: The Legend. He told us a little bit about the history of his monster truck, which was handed down to him from his father, four-time Monster Jam World Finals Champion Dennis Anderson, who created The Legend back in 1983. But don’t get the idea that Adam’s resting on the laurels of his dad. He’s is making a name for himself and he’s a Monster Jam World Champion in his own right, winning the 2013 Racing and 2008 Freestyle titles.
He told us that every monster truck is custom built, starting from just a pile of tubing and parts. Each truck has a set of 4 tires that are 66 inches in height and each one weighs about 700 lbs!
My kidlets favorites of the night were Captain America (my daughter loves her Super Heroes!) while my son favored the Grave Digger and Grave Digger: The Legend trucks. As for me, I was partial to MadUSA because it was the only Monster Truck that featured a woman driver and come on, the entire truck is PINK! As for The Hubs, he just sort of rooted for them all.
My big tip if you go to a Monster Jam event is that it gets quite loud in there – whether it’s an indoor arena or outdoor stadium – so make sure you bring either earplugs or those noise reducing ear muffs for both the kids and yourself. You’ll save yourself from getting a massive post-show headache!
Overall I thought that Monster Jam was a fun family night and one that doesn’t break the bank since ticket prices are reasonable with general admission tickets $15 for kids (2-12) and $30 for adults. Also, your general admission ticket gets you into the Party in the Pits which takes place for 2 hours before the show, which you should definitely check out.
To learn more about Monster Jam, the lineup of racers and to see if the show is coming to an arena/stadium in your area, visit the website at www.monsterjam.com.
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post but did receive complimentary tickets to attend this event and to review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please always remember to do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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