Monster Jam!



Don’t miss the repeat performance on February 1st


Six notes of heavy metal music boomed through the stadium’s speakers, and the crowd exploded. Beneath the stands, a low rumble built to a roar that almost drowned out the spectators’ excitement. A monster truck burst from a tunnel and onto the course, black flag flying. Fifteen other vehicles followed, lit up by fireworks and arena lights. Huge tires churned up dirt as the trucks circled the arena, and the crowd at Raymond James Stadium continued to scream.

Monster Jam has been coming to the Tampa Bay area for thirty years. On January 18th, the Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared that date to be Monster Jam Day, effective immediately and forever.


Dennis Anderson, standing on the course after flipping his truck the first time, declared that Monster Jam had come to Tampa for thirty years and would be coming for thirty more. The crowd shouted their approval as Anderson walked off the field.

Monster Jam is unique in the live entertainment industry. Spectacular and family friendly, a combination of growling engines, acrobatic stunt driving and competition on and off the course. Everyone in the crowd has favorite trucks, drivers and tricks.

On January 18th, the drivers once again smashed the expectations of the thousands of screaming Monster Jam fans. “Maximum Destruction” driver Tom Meents brought the entire stadium to its feet with a spectacular run. He lost to Dennis Anderson’s “Grave Digger” by only one point. Both Gravedigger trucks, along with “Grave Digger: The Legend,” gave amazing performances. Yet another truck was added to the Grave Digger family, announced by clips of destruction and accompanied by air raid sirens – the pure black “Grave Digger: Doom’s Day.”

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The trucks didn’t take it easy, and neither did their drivers. Dennis Anderson flipped Grave Digger twice; the second time he lost a tire and continued to drive until his truck went over. “Spider-man” was towed from the arena, but later returned to perform in Freestyle. With only one second left on the timer, “Gunslinger” had to be towed as well.

Every driver and every truck left it all out there on the track. “Monster Mutt: Dalmatian” and “Scooby-Doo” both had to be towed from the arena after their runs. “Captain America” “Maximum Destruction,” and several other cars were brought to the side of the course. The crowd loved all of it.

This weekend, Monster Jam is the last planned event at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando before the arena is demolished. February 1st, the Monster Jam crew will return to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for another spectacular performance. Value tickets are priced at $15 dollars, and Pit Party passes are only $10. Monster Jam has been loved by fans and competitors alike for thirty years. Come find out why!


It’s all happening again the first day of February.

Get your tickets now.



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Reporter, Robyn Pliscott, writes news and media reviews for The Brandon Beacon.  



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