Growing up in a small Florida town, I spent many nights out in the woods slinging mud and climbing hills in trucks of all sizes with some of the craziest high school friends. I always had fun, so much fun that my Grand Am had its share of car washes before parking in my parents’ driveway.
Growing up this way you’d think that I would have experienced a Monster Jam and would have grown up a fan. Well, I am sad to say that I wasn’t. I had no idea what I had been missing, until I was invited to experience Monster Jam in Tampa. What I am about to share will give you a glimpse of my time at the Monster Jam event that marked their 30th year, as well as Tampa declaring January 18th Monster Jam Day!
When I received my invitation from Feld Entertainment, I couldn’t think of anyone better to bring than my significant other of course, but his brother, race car driver, adrenaline junkie and HUGE Monster Jam fan, Steve. Upon receiving the invite, I was told NOT to miss the Monster Jam Pit Party which is like a carnival style area where you get to meet the drivers and take photos with the Monster Trucks.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but being at the Pit Party I felt like I wasn’t a big enough fan to be walking around amongst the fans of all fans, gathering autographs and photos of their favorite trucks and drivers. Steve excitedly shared fun facts about how they make their vehicles from scratch, the names of the drivers, even pointing out some local ones that are fun to watch. You have to be a true fan to stand in line and fight the crowd, but even not knowing the who’s who of this industry, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the size of the trucks and the excitement of the fans in the area. When I came upon the Marvel trucks, I got excited. Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America were there to join in the action. Needless to say, this gave me a new found “Fan Girl” interest!
They did have some fun entertainment to get the adrenaline going for all ages, as if the super size trucks and drivers just wasn’t enough. There was a jammin’ rock band, a fun area for kids to play on some inflatable slides and even Death Defying Lorenzo, who set himself on fire, then fell into an airbag from about 5 stories in the air.
So needless to say, the Pit Party was fun and got me excited for what was to come! And it didn’t take long to see what Monster Jam was all about. Walking into Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a huge treat. It was my first visit there and the stadium is capable of holding just over 65,000 people. It wasn’t sold out, but it was very full, with my guess being at least 45,000. That’s a lot of fans. And it was easy to feel the energy as the National Anthem finished and the intro of the trucks began to start.
I took over 100 photos and took an embarrassing amount of videos, so I put this together to give you a taste of just how amazing and exciting a Monster Jam is!
Monster Jam Orlando Florida
I went to Monster Jam not sure of what to expect. I left there a bonafide fan. I had a fantastic time. Now, this is the exciting thing for anyone who is wanting to check out this action for themselves! Monster Jam is heading to Orlando at the Florida Citrus Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 26th. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster!
You can learn more about Monster Jam, their Monster Trucks and drivers on their website!
*Thank you to Feld Entertainment for providing me tickets to enjoy the Monster Jam experience for review purposes. As you can read by my excitement, all opinions, as always are my own. All images and video on this post are mine, with the exception of the collage where the photos were obtained from Monster Jam’s Facebook page and put together for my promotional collage.