Oh my gosh, we just got in from the Opening Night of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam show in Pittsburgh -- I am still pumped up on adrenaline!
I haven't been to a Monster Truck show in too many years ... but let me tell you, you're never too old for Monster Truck fun. I must have taken a million pictures of these trucks flying through the air ... seriously cool. The trucks were competing in the UTI Nationals, so there was a purpose to the evening, complete with timers, judges and scoring. They trucked in tons of dirt to transform the arena floor, blocking off many of the closer seats to prevent getting hit by the flying mud! The trucks are larger than life and so full of color and imagination. Each truck had it's own personality, truly. My favorite was a toss up between Maximum Destruction, the leader for tonite's show and El Toro Loco, driven by a GIRL!
This was a fairly priced event and definately one for everyone in the family to enjoy. Some would say it is a LOUD event, and we did bring along ear plugs, but honestly didn't use them for much of the night - it wasn't too bad at all. There were little kids everywhere, dads with sons and entire families enjoying the night. Though we saw plenty of Grandparents toting the grandkids and all their souveniers! Not just a kids show though, it was really a good time for all. The audience was invited to boo and cheer during the quad races. We jumped like maniacs to get the attention of the T-shirt shooters, sending free t-shirts into the stands on several occasions. There were lots of handmade signs by kids, of their favorite Monster Truck drivers, so cute.
With the ticket savings for kids on PittsburghKidsGuide.com, you can have a nice evening out for everyone. Parking close to the arena was $20, but if you drove a little further up the block, you could find it for $10 and $15 in various lots. Bring extra money for souvenier truck hats with cotton candy and a Grave Digger boomerang! A truly enjoyable night out with the kids, I'm ready to go back tomorrow! Have fun!
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through! Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.
Trucks: Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction driven by Tom Meents, Advance Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco, Brutus, Spike, Crushstation and Spiderman.
Friday, February 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)
Sunday, February 19 at 2pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)
Ticket Prices: $50, $35, $25, $20; Kids just $10 (select price levels)!
Ticket Purchase Information: Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Party In The Pits: There will be two pit parties; one on Saturday and the other on Sunday prior to the 2pm events. Pit parties start at 11am and end at 12:30. Passes to the pit parties are $10 each and available in advance via Ticketmaster or at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center. You must have both ticket to the 2pm event on Saturday or Sunday AND pit party pass to enter the pit party.