We’re not exactly what you’d call a “sports family”. Of course, my husband loves to watch sporting events at home but when it comes to going to games, we go to about one soccer game a year, and that’s about it. Last year we decided to take a trip out to see Monster Jam. Our 2-year-old was obsessed with trucks so why not? We never expected the reaction we received that night (he loved it) but assumed maybe he’d forget about his monster truck love by next year and we’d never visit another Monster Jam.
Disclosure: Feld Entertainment hosted our night at Monster Jam with tickets to the Pit Party and main event. No other monetary compensation was received.
Monster Jam 2018
As days into January went by, we began hearing commercials for Monster Jam. Ben remembered. He instantly remembered and exclaimed (every.single.time) that we have to go. We told the same boy, now 3, that we would, in fact, be going. Big mistake since it was “so long away” in a little boy’s eyes. Saturday finally came, and as we pulled into the parking lot, his eyes lit up. We could see Pirate’s Curse hanging high up above the field by a crane; we could hear the commotion, music, and fans from the Pit Party. Never in my life has this boy gotten out of the car so quickly and easily.
We made our way to the Pit Party (TIP: Come early if you want photos and autographs with the drivers. The lines get long fast.) before the show would start. The show is fun, but the Pit Party gets you fired up. You can see all your favorites up close and personal. Plus, there are lots of merchandise shops (stock up before the show here), toys kids can play with, dirt hills you can roll your toy trucks down, bouncy houses and so much more. It keeps the kids so busy and ready for more.
We never told Ben which was “the best” truck. Last year he instantly gravitated toward Grave Digger, but this year he seemed to love Max D and kept going on about how he was going to win tonight (spoiler: he did not win).
It was a frigid day in Tampa. 40°F and windy! Honestly, I was not looking forward to sitting outside all night, but thankfully we had come prepared with blankets. The main gates opened and we headed inside!
Time for the show
With wheel ear muffs (get similar ones here) on, favorite replica trucks in hand, the boy (and yes, his two sisters too) were ready for Monster Jam to start!
Each Monster Jam show starts the trucks being pitted against each other – the Head-to-Head challenge. Engines thunder, the green light flashes, and they race around the track to see who can cross the finish line first. We all listened to Ben because surprisingly he was actually calling out the winners correctly.
The next heat is 2-wheel competition. It was intense this year. Leaving fans screaming and jumping with joy after each racer left the track. There’s just something about seeing your favorite trucks get massive air then come crashing down only break a part of their truck or roll over. Toro Loco broke off both of its signature horns after it flipped over. Scooby Doo lost an ear.
The destruction in round 3 continued. This is where the drivers really show us what their trucks can do so they go hard. The end result was Zombie losing an arm, Grave Digger, and once again Toro Loco losing both his horns. This time the driver came into the stands and gave one of the horns to them!
So who judges each round? YOU DO! I don’t remember this from last year but maybe they did it, and I wasn’t paying attention. You log into a website from your phone, input the special code they give you, then you can rate each round on a sliding scale. I love that the fans are in charge of voting. After quickly voting, the results are put up on the jumbotron. My kids were pretty harsh with their judging, I must say.
All three kids left with huge smiles across their faces. Talking about the stunts each driver did the entire way to the car. 20 minutes into the hour drive home all three were passed out. It was a great night, to say the least.
GET YOUR TICKETS
Monster Jam is coming to Orlando on January 20th to Camping World Stadium. It will feature your favorites like Grave Digger; Max-D; El Toro Loco; Monster Mutt Dalmatian; Monster Energy Mutant; and many more. Tickets, which start at just $15, are on sale now at the Amway Center Box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. If you’re in the Tampa area, Monster Jam is returning on February 3rd. You can get tickets at the Raymond James boy office, Ticketmaster or charge by phone with the same number above.
We highly recommend the Pit Party Early Access Pass. The Pit Party Early Access Pass must be accompanied by a same-day event ticket. Quantities are limited so act now. This unique event is a chance for your family to meet the drivers for photos, autographs, fun, and games.
BEFORE YOU GO