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Creating Family Memories at Monster Jam

We attended as a guest of Monster Jam
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I first came to hear about Monster Truck shows back in 1985 when we moved to the United States.  At the time, I didn’t know much about the culture here in Southern California, but the Monster trucks provide a universal appeal to any teenage boy. Unfortunately, I never made it to one of those shows.  Many years later, my wife informed me that we had tickets to Saturday night’s Monster Jam!  Imagine my surprise to hear we were going to see this show – I have to admit that I didn’t think it appealed to me anymore, but my son (who is 8) was over the moon.

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Saturday night as we walked into the Angel’s Stadium we could feel the excitement of the crowd. The show hadn’t begun but people were cheering already. We sat in our seats and the show began. Soon these raised monster vehicles started speeding throughout the course and the crowd’s cheers overtook the intense sound of the massive truck engines. We were completely blown away by not only the trucks and the fans, but also the noise. Being rookies, we didn’t have earplugs but my wife was wise enough to bring earmuffs for the kids. We were soon too enthralled by what we were seeing to be bothered by the noise.

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The show began with a tournament. Two trucks would compete on the course and the winner would move on to the next round. This race resulted in the truck known as Mohawk Warrior winning a trophy. The driver of Mohawk Warrior who happened to also have a Mohawk not only accepted the trophy but jumped in midst of the crowd and began interacting with them. While I was shocked that in this day and age any sports figures actually interacted with the fans, I realized that with Monster Truck fans and the stars of the show are much closer than in any other sporting event. A great treat for any fan.

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After the tournament we were treated to a different type of race. It was a carnage of sorts; there were about ten cars with attached trailers and had to go around the track and would crash into each other. The fun for the kids would be the cars crashing and causing destruction. A funny moment occurred when one of the cars got stuck on the trailer of another racer. The two continued the race attached to each other. The end of this race brought us to intermission. With music blaring and the audience members were dancing, running to the restrooms or getting something to eat – we had about 15 minutes of crowd watching. The crowd was filled with kids of all ages, and families were really enjoying themselves. We could not detect any bored audience members and it was with good reason.

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Fun Fact: Each tire for the trucks weighs 500 pounds and it is made by hand. It requires several people to just change a tire!

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The second half of the show was all about free style Monster Rally. The trucks were able to perform various jumps, drives, and tricks around the course and would be given points for style and adventure. The drivers did not let down the audience as they provided lots of entertainment with their crowd pleasing jumps and taking the vehicles to the edges of their performance. We even witnessed a couple of the trucks that flipped completely! Luckily no one was hurt and the crowd roared as the drivers jumped out of their vehicles waving at the crowd.

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Overall Monster Jam is a great family outing. While originally I thought only my son would enjoy the show – I was dead wrong. My daughter (who is only 5), my wife and I enjoyed the show just as much my son did. I recommend that everyone go at least once and just like us you’ll catch the bug and want to go back again!

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Houman Jazaeri is an OC dad who juggles work, play and his love of technology. On the side he runs Socialacity.com, a website that reviews apps and has published his first book, 52 Apps for the College Student.
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