Monster Jam Details
What is Monster Jam?
Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show that takes place each year, starting in the spring and ending in March. It’s hosted by Feld Entertainment and shows are held throughout the year in locations around the world– from the United States and Canada to Europe and Japan. Of course, the main attraction of Monster Jam is the competition between monster trucks. Competitors can participate in racing, two-wheel skills, and freestyle events.
Monster Jam: A Brief History
The first Monster Jam show aired back in 1992 and it has since grown into an international phenomenon. Prior to 1975, folks had never even heard of a monster truck. It wasn’t until a man named Bob Chandler from St. Louis, Missouri decided to build on his Ford pickup truck that the monster truck was born. Chandler’s truck was named “Bigfoot” and by the mid-1980s, him and his truck drew national attention. What started as a hobby for one man is now a billion-dollar industry. Bigfoot was in competition until 1987.
With famous monster trucks including Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, and Blue Thunder, fans continue to be drawn in these popular trucks and their signature looks and moves. Celebrities including Chris Pratt, Josh Duhamel, Kendra Wilkinson, Nick Lachey, and more have been known to make appearances at Monster Jam events as well.
Monster Jam differs from other sporting events in that almost every event features a pre-show Pit Party for both fans and competitors to take part in. Another unique feature of Monster Jam is that the audience actually has a hand in judging the competition. That’s right! Using your smartphone, you can score each truck. There’s no other competitive sport that puts scoring into the hands of the fans like this!
Monster Jam’s Most Noteworthy Events
Over the years, Monster Jam has seen its fair share of exciting, dramatic, and even deadly events. With so many shows happening each year, it’s hard to pin down any one that is most noteworthy. However, each year, the Monster Jam World Finals take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years, the number of trucks in the finals has steadily increased. Today, 32 trucks are invited to participate in the Monster Jam World Finals.
The two-day finale festivities has seen its fair share of controversy. The final event is invitation-only, so participants don’t necessarily have to have had the best performance scores over the past year. Even so, it’s an event that many folks rally behind each and every year. Trucks can receive a maximum score of 45 during events; the highest score ever received was 40 points by Dennis Anderson in Grave Digger in 2000.
Monster Jam: What to Expect
The annual Monster Jam World Finals takes place every year in March in Las Vegas. Of course, events are held around the world, throughout the year, with more events taking place over the winter months. From Connecticut and Maryland to Florida, Kentucky, and beyond, no matter where you live, you can find an event near you. You can expect loud trucks, loud crowds, and an epic show. If you’re looking to see a specific truck, you’ll have to check the schedule as each show varies in terms of participants.