Monster trucks. Yeap. I’ve been seeing them a lot on TV lately. I’ve been trying to picture myself sitting in one of the arena seats at a monster truck show for quite some time now. I’m sure it’ll be twice the fun since I watch most sporting events or shows on TV. This will be a first for me since I’ve never set foot in a monster truck event (though I have spent some time researching the top monster trucks of all time).
My husband had been to monster truck shows from time to time as a child. Me? Never. But now, I can check this off my “To Do List” and make my prolonged dream a reality. A friend of mine, who won tickets to a local monster truck circuit, was nice enough to share tickets for me and my family.
My sons were a bit hesitant about going to monster truck show since the noise is said to be extremely loud. But when we got to the entrance, I managed to get myself, my two kids, and my husband headphones to protect our ears from the loud noise. I finally saw the “Monster Jams” monster truck show at the Lincoln Financial Center (the same place where the Eagles play football).
We decided not to go to the top of the stadium since I fear that being atop a closed dome would be a lot noisier. Turns out, I was wrong. Sitting at the bottom row seats near the field is painfully loud. But it’s a good thing I had my ear-reducing headphones on to minimize the deafening roar of the trucks and the crowd. The Monster trucks are freakishly loud, to put it mildly.
So we found our seats. They were great since they’re situated on the first row and second tier at the 50-yard line. No one sat behind us so we can freely stand up and cheer whenever we want. I stood up and cheered for the quad race groups and a plethora of monster trucks on show. The trucks arranged a race to see who can get around the track the fastest. This was actually the first half of the show.
The teams on the first half of the show consist of different quad races with some intense city-against-city competition (It’s New York City versus Philly). The main event (second half of the show) was the “freestyle.” It’s basically seeing how hard the trucks can push other vehicles out of the way but only seeing them fall apart and crashing on each other. The crowd was loving it. So was I. Turns out, my family loved it too as they continued to cheer for their favorite trucks.
I was amazed at how high the trucks flew in the air. The hang time on each truck was just incredible. I managed to snap several shots from my smartphone from the time they each attempt a jump to the time they land. It was pure bliss for me.
A lot of the trucks performed back flips here and there. I even saw the renowned Grave Digger do a full flip. The truck landed on its side on the second flip. Other trucks were successful while others landed in ridiculous positions.
It was a different evening for me and my family. I must say, I’m proud to have finally been on my first monster truck show since it was a fun event to be part of. I’m already looking forward for another monster show trip soon!