Monster Jam was at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday February 11 through Sunday, February 12, 2012 and featured the return of Grave Digger driven by Randy Brown, Turtle, Stone Crusher, Mopar Magic, Crushstation, Instigator and Thrasher driven by Connecticut’s own Pat Summa! The show included Quad Wars and many exciting motorcycle stunts.
There’s an old adage that “the only difference between men and boys is the cost and size of their toys” !
All my grandson Slugger who’s 3 talks about is “big trucks” – which to him, means only one thing – Monster Trucks!
Monster Jam Trucks
Both my husband and I attended the Hartford show at the XL Center on Saturday. My charming son-in-law’s parents were visiting from Vermont for his dad’s birthday, so we met them there along with the grandchildren and made it a family event. We all enjoyed the thrill of watching these beasts careen around specially built tracks, twist, turn, flip over and gyrate at the command of skilled drivers! Slugger, however will have to wait until he’s 18 before he can become an official Monster Truck driver. For now, he’s content to be entertained while watching the Monster Jam videos on my iPhone and sliding all over the floor wearing out the knees of his pants while he pretends he’s a Monster Truck driver while playing with his favorite Monster Truck, Grave Digger.
What is a Monster Truck?
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air!
On the day before the show, the Monster Trucks were on display at several area Advance Auto Parts stores in the Hartford area. My husband and youngest daughter checked out Crushstation, from Maine. They had a chance to talk to the driver and ask questions. They found out that the body is made from fiberglass by a boat builder, and costs approximately $65,000 just for the body!
Before the show started, we all went down to the Pits to check out the Monster Trucks up close, check out the dirt track, and got to talk to the drivers. The lines were long and all the kids and grandchildren were patiently waiting to get autographs and a photo-opp! The Pits were open for 1-1/2 hours before showtime.
The audience was entertained with a pre-show exhibit of quad race wars before the actual start of the show. It was fun to watch and the kids were pumped up for the actual show to begin! The show itself lasted approximately 2-1/2 hours.
We all brought ear plugs because it’s quite noisy when the trucks start up and rev their engines. As this is truly an entertaining sport family event, there were many, many young children there. Earplugs and ear and hearing protection devices were available for purchase in the lobby, so we bought the grandchildren, ages 3 and 5 each a set. The kids enjoyed wearing them because they looked like they were wearing Monster Truck tires on their ears!
Tickets Monster Jam Discount:
I’m excited to be able to offer my local New England readers in Connecticut a super Promo Discount Code so you can take the family, kids and grandchildren to this Connecticut family event to enjoy and see these colossal behemoths in action with your very own eyes!
There’s still time to pick up a discount ticket for the Sunday show!
- Save $5 Per Ticket
- Valid on Saturday, Feb. 11th at 7:30PM
- Sunday, Feb. 12th at 2:00PM
- Valid on $35.50 and $24.50 Tickets
- **All Kid’s Tickets are $13 (Ages 2-12. Not valid on Premium Seating.)
- **Additional Fees May Apply
Promo Code: 1RADIO
Valid at XL Center Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster
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