I had an opportunity to check out Monster Jam at Raymond Jaymes Stadium in Tampa on Saturday evening. Since I have two little Monster Truck lovers at home I was excited to be able to share the experience with them. The event marked the 30th year that Monster Jam appeared in Tampa!
We started off by checking out "The World's Ultimate Pit Party" which precedes the big show and takes place outside the stadium. It costs $10 to get in and provides fans with an opportunity to get autographs, take pictures with their favorite drivers and trucks, and even take a ride in a modified version of Gravedigger.
Our favorite part of the Pit Party was the stuntman who set flames to himself and jumped off an aerial platform onto a cushioned landing below. It looked like it took him a little longer than he wanted to put the flames out once he landed. But I wasn't quite sure.
It wasn't easy hunting down a good beer at Raymond Jaymes Stadium. But after a little looking around I was able to find 16 ounce cans of Tampa Bay Brewing's Old Elephant Foot IPA. I found it interesting that 16 ounce bottle cans of Coors Light were $8 and the cans of Old Elephant Foot were $9.
The show itself is comparable to an evening of WWE wrestling on really big wheels. There are 2 separate competitions consisting of "racing" and "freestyle". The racing portion was cool but we liked the freestyle competition best. There were of massive jumps, flips, truck spinning donuts, and the destruction of a couple of old and beat up motorhomes. There was also an unexpected surprise for the grand finale. I can't spill the beans but I can honestly say that it was a truly awesome way to end the show!
You can catch Monster Jam this weekend in Orlando for the Citrus Bowl's "Final Show". Most of the old stadium will be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for a more modern structure. Here are the details on the Orlando show...
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805
Pre - Party: See the monster trucks up close at the World’s Ultimate Pit Party at Tinker Field from 1:30-5pm. Purchase a pit pass for only $10 more when buying tickets at Ticketmaster or the Amway Center Box Office. Or, pick up a free pit pass at participating Orlando area Southern Ford Dealers beginning January 6th (while supplies last).
Show Time: One show only: Saturday, January 25th
Gates Open at 5 pm. Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 pm. Racing Starts at 7 pm.
Ticket Prices: Advance purchase Super Value Tickets are ONLY $15. $35 VIP / $25 Sideline.
Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Amway Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available day of show at the Citrus Bowl. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges.
Get more show information at www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando January 25th).
Discounts: Fans can save $15 with a Buy 3 Get 1 FREE 4-pak ticket voucher deal at area Metro PCS locations while supplies last.
* In the interest of full disclosure, I received free passes to the 30th Monster Jam show in Tampa at Raymond Jaymes Stadium this past weekend in exchange for writing a review of the event on Orlando Beer Guide. I received no additional compensation for this review and the thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.
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