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Digger’s Dungeon located in Poplar Branch, North Carolina, is the official home of Grave Digger. Besides the usual gift shop, there are several Grave Diggers located outside on display, including Grave Digger 1. There are also various pieces of other Grave Diggers hanging throughout the store, all of which have been damaged from various accidents.Anderson became known for destructive qualifying passes which entertained the crowd but on many occasions put the truck out of competition for the rest of the event. With the advent of freestyle, Anderson gained a means by which he could entertain the crowd with wild stunts while also focusing on winning races. Today, Grave Digger, no matter which driver is appearing, is traditionally the last truck to freestyle at most events, providing the “grand finale” which caps off the show.Grave Digger is a monster truck racing team in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series founded by original driver Dennis Anderson. Considered one of the most famous and recognized monster trucks of all time, Grave Digger serves as the flagship team of the Monster Jam series, with seven active Grave Digger trucks being driven by different drivers to allow a truck to appear at every Monster Jam event.

When TNT became a part of the United States Hot Rod Association in 1991, Anderson began running on the USHRA tour and debuted his first four-link truck, Grave Digger 3. Throughout the 1990s, the popularity of the truck grew and forced Anderson to hire other drivers to run other Grave Digger trucks. Grave Diggers 4, 5 and 8 were built to suit this purpose, and were never driven in any major capacity by Anderson. Anderson drove Grave Digger 7, a direct successor to 3, for most of the decade. It was replaced by Grave Digger 12, well known as the “long wheelbase Digger”, which was also the first Grave Digger with purple in the paint job.
In 1993, Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger #7 were heavily featured on the TV series Monster Wars. Anderson led the beginning of the season until breakages and disqualifications; he finished 5th. That year, Anderson won the 2nd USHRA wreck of the year title after he won and rolled over in Lebanon Valley Speedway, racing UFO. There was footage inside the cab of Anderson uttering his famous catch-saying “Yea we turned er over, she’s over, that’s what the people want, that’s what they got, I got a torn up truck!”In late 1998, Anderson sold the Grave Digger team to Pace Motorsports (now Feld Entertainment). Anderson continued to drive, being the most visible member of the team, and remained in charge of drivers and of training team members.Grave Digger’s origins, the imagery associated with the truck, and the truck’s wild reputation, are all considered part of the mystique of the truck and have contributed to its continued popularity. The paint scheme, which combines green flames, letters dripping blood, a foggy graveyard scene with tombstones bearing names of competitors, a haunted house silhouetted by a full moon, and a giant skull-shaped ghost, has not strayed far from the first incarnation of the paintwork from 1986.Digger’s Dungeon hosted the 2010 No Limit R/C Monster Truck World Finals, taking place from May 28 to May 30. The RC World Finals is the largest RC Monster Truck event in the world.

The immense popularity of Grave Digger has made it the flagship truck of Monster Jam, and in some cases monster trucks in general. There is much debate over whether Grave Digger has taken over the title of “Most Popular Monster Truck” from Bigfoot. As a result, the Grave Digger vs. Bigfoot rivalry is one of the strongest in the sport, despite the fact that the teams have not raced each other regularly since the late 1990s.
Anderson competed in his final event on January 14, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. On September 18, 2017, Dennis announced his full retirement from Monster Jam, stating however that he would still be behind the scenes and in the pits.In 1986 Grave Digger first received its famous black graveyard paint scheme. In 1987 and 1988 Anderson drove the truck primarily at TNT Motorsports races and became a crowd favorite for driving hard despite lacking major funding that better-known teams, like Bigfoot, had. In 1987, Anderson beat Bigfoot in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on a show taped for ESPN. It was the first major victory for Grave Digger.

Anderson moved to Grave Digger 2 in 1989, with a new 1950 Chevy panel van body, while his brother Leslie Anderson drove Grave Digger 1. It was during this time that the reputation for wild passes was developed, and the popularity of the truck increased. It was also during this time that “Bad To The Bone” began to be used as the truck’s theme song. TNT recognized his rising popularity and began promoting Grave Digger heavily, especially for races on the Tuff Trax syndicated television series. This was helped by Bigfoot not racing for points in the 1989 championship, leaving Grave Digger as the most popular truck on the tour.Grave Digger was originally built in 1982 by Dennis Anderson as a mud bogger. This first truck was assembled from salvaged parts, including the body of a red 1952 Ford pickup truck. The truck received its name when Anderson, amicably retorting trash talking from his fellow racers about the truck’s salvaged parts, said, “I’ll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it.” Anderson gained a reputation for an all-or-nothing driving style and quickly became popular at local events. At one show, a scheduled monster truck failed to show up and Anderson, who already had large tractor tires on the truck, offered to crush cars in the absence of the full-size monster. The promoter accepted and Grave Digger was an instant success as a car crusher and led Anderson to leave mud bogging and pursue monster trucks instead. In 1984 Anderson rebuilt the truck as a true monster truck using a 1951 Ford panel van body originally sporting a silver and blue paint scheme.

Perhaps the most visible trademark is the red headlights which glow menacingly whenever the truck is in competition. The lights were first used when Anderson was building a transporter out of a school bus and removed the red stop lights. After realizing they would fit in the headlights of the van, he installed them and the truck has had them ever since.
Captain USA is a Chevrolet monster truck invented by Rodney Tweedy and driven by Jeff Bainter out of Yakima, Washington. Bainter created the truck in 1998, and several drivers have piloted the truck over the years, including Travis Groth and Roger Stidell. The truck was originally called “Captain America”, but it was renamed to “Captain USA” to avoid conflict with the Marvel truck and character of the same name. The truck also ran as “The Captain” in 2004, 2012-2013. In 2014, Travis competed with Captain USA in the Monster Jam Young Guns Shootout.Monster trucks developed in the late 1970s and came into the public eye in the early 1980s as side acts at popular motocross, tractor pulling, and mud bogging events, where they were used in car-crushing demonstrations. Today they are usually the main attraction with motocross, mud bogging, ATV racing, or demolition derbies as supporting events.The USHRA’s Monster Jam series, now owned by Feld Entertainment, is currently the largest, touring through the United States, Canada and select regions of Europe. Other promoters of monster truck events include the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, the Monster X Tour, and Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live.Monster truck shows typically have two main events, a race and a freestyle stunt driving competition. Races are conducted as a single-elimination tournament on short, symmetrical tracks, which may include obstacles such as junk cars or dirt mounds. The length and complexity of the track can vary with the size of the venue, with courses in indoor arenas typically being shorter with fewer obstacles.

How long is the monster truck Show on for?
approximately 2 hours Each show lasts approximately 2 hours!
The fastest speed record for a monster truck was achieved on June 24, 2020, by Bryce Kenny in Great Clips Mohawk Warrior at a speed of 100.31 miles per hour (161.43 km/h) as a part of Monster Jam Breaking World Records in Bradenton, Florida.In April 1981, Bob Chandler drove over junked cars in Bigfoot in what is often believed to be the first monster truck to crush cars. Chandler drove Bigfoot over a pair of cars in a field as a test of the truck’s ability, and filmed it to use as a promotional tool in his four-wheel drive performance shop. An event promoter saw the video of the car crush and asked Chandler to do it in front of a crowd. Initially hesitant because of the “destructive” image that could be associated with Bigfoot, Chandler eventually agreed. After some smaller shows, Chandler performed the feat in the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982. At this show, Chandler also debuted a new version of Bigfoot with 66-inch (170 cm) tires. At a prior event in the early 1980s, when Bigfoot was still running 48-inch (120 cm) tires, Bob George, one of the owners of a motorsport promotion company named Truck-a-rama – later known as the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) – is said to have coined the phrase “monster truck” when referring to Bigfoot. The term “monster truck” became the generic name for all trucks with oversized tires.

The first monster trucks built were pickup trucks and SUVs that were modified with larger suspension and larger tires. Today, trucks now have custom built tubular chassis, with four-link suspension to provide up to four feet (1.2 m) of clearance, and they also now have fiberglass bodies that attach to the chassis separately and are designed to be easily removed and easily replaced when damaged. The use of fiberglass panel bodies has allowed monster truck owners to develop a wide variety of thematic concept trucks that scarcely resemble the modified stock trucks that became early monster trucks.In freestyle events, each driver puts on a performance consisting of stunts such as obstacle jumps, backflips, wheelies, and doughnuts. A panel of judges assign points to each performance and the driver with the most points is declared the winner. Historically, additional vehicles for the drivers to crush, such as motor homes and school buses, were placed on the track specifically for the freestyle event, however incidents of debris flying into the stands and causing serious injuries have influenced most event promoters to turn away from such obstacles. Most freestyle courses now consist mostly of large mounds and ramps erected to allow the trucks to perform large jumps and wheelies upon landing. Freestyle performances have a set time limit and only one truck is allowed on the track at a time as a safety measure. Freestyle events are typically the final competition of a show, as damage to the trucks would make them unable to race.

Even though racing was dominant as a competition, USHRA events began having freestyle exhibitions as early as 1993. These exhibitions were developed as drivers, notably Dennis Anderson of the extremely popular Grave Digger, began asking for time to come out and perform if they lost in early rounds of racing. Promoters began to notice the popularity of freestyle among fans, and in 2000 the USHRA began holding freestyle as a judged competition at events, and now awards a freestyle championship.The tires are typically “terra” tires used on farm equipment, and are of size 66-inch (170 cm) in diameter, 43-inch (110 cm) in width, and fit on 25-inch (64 cm) diameter rims.On September 29, 2014, a monster truck named Eurol’s King On Wheels plowed into a crowd of spectators in Haaksbergen, Netherlands, killing three people.

In June 2020, with touring suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monster Jam staged an event for pay-per-view called Monster Jam Breaking World Records in Bradenton, Florida. As part of the event, many new Guinness-recognized world records were set. These include the highest ramp jump by a monster truck by Krysten Anderson in Grave Digger at a height of 10.3 metres (34 ft), the most monster trucks jumped by a monster truck, by Adam Anderson in Megalodon, jumping over 8 trucks, the most donuts (spins) in a monster truck in one minute by Bari Musawwir in Zombie, spinning 44 times, the most consecutive donuts (spins), also by Musawwir, with 58, the longest stoppie (nose wheelie) by Tom Meents in Max-D, at 63.77 metres (209.2 ft), the farthest bicycle (side wheelie) by Ryan Anderson in Son Uva Digger, at 271.83 metres (891.8 ft), and the longest monster truck wheelie was by Adam Anderson in Grave Digger, at 190.46 m (624 ft 10.44 in).
On October 6, 2013, the monster truck Big Show plowed into a crowd of spectators in Chihuahua City, Mexico, killing 8 people and injuring 79 others in the Chihuahua monster truck accident. This is the deadliest monster truck incident in the history of the sport.

Most trucks utilize a modified or custom-designed automatic transmission, such as a Turbo 400, Powerglide, Ford C6 transmission, or a TorqueFlite 727. A limited number of trucks utilize a Lenco transmission, which traces its roots to drag racing. Most of the automatic transmissions are heavily modified with transbrakes, manual valve bodies, and heavy duty gear sets. Trucks running a Lenco use a centrifugal clutch as opposed to a torque converter, which are used in automatic transmissions. Lenco transmissions are usually found in two-speed or three speed configurations, and are commonly shifted using compressed carbon dioxide. Many trucks are constructed with the driver sitting in the center of the cab for visibility. Most cabs are shielded with Lexan or comparable polycarbonate, which not only protects the driver from track debris, but also allows for increased visibility. Drivers are required to wear firesuits, safety harnesses, helmets, and head and neck restraints. Most moving parts on the truck are also shielded, and high pressure components have restraining straps, both in case of an explosion. A monster truck is a specialized off-road vehicle with a heavy duty suspension, four-wheel steering, large-displacement V8 engines and oversized tires constructed for competition and entertainment uses. Originally created by modifying stock pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), they have evolved into purpose-built vehicles with tube-frame chassis and fiberglass bodies rather than metal. A competition monster truck is typically 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, and equipped with 66-inch (1.7 m) off-road tires.With racing taking precedence, several teams began to think in new ways as to how the trucks could be built. Towards the end of 1988, Gary Cook and David Morris debuted Equalizer, a truck with a combination of coil springs and shock absorbers as the main source of suspension rather than the standard of leaf springs and shock absorbers. In 1989, Jack Willman Sr., now with his own truck, Taurus, debuted a new truck which used a solid axle suspension system made of parallel four-link suspensions and coilovers that together weighed in at close to 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg). However, the biggest innovation came from Chandler, also in 1989, when the CAD-designed Bigfoot #8 debuted featuring a full tubular chassis and a long-travel suspension system made of triangulated four-link suspensions, bump stops, limit straps, cantilevers, and shock absorbers charged with nitrogen gas. The truck revolutionized how monster trucks were built, and within a few years most top-level teams built similar vehicles.

In 1991, TNT was purchased by the USHRA and their points series were merged. The Special Events championship began to grow in popularity with teams as it had open qualifying spots which the invite-only USHRA championship did not have. The Special Events series lost its Pendaliner sponsorship in 1997. The short-lived ProMT series started in 2000.
The trucks have many safety features, several of which are required just to run in the indoor arenas that the trucks frequent. Trucks are equipped with three shut-off switches: a remote ignition interrupt (RII), which allows event stewards to stop a truck remotely, a switch within the driver’s reach in the cab, and another at the rear of the truck so that all electrical power may be shut off in the event of a rollover.On January 25, 2009, the monster truck Samson was involved in an accident in Madison, Wisconsin that caused the death of announcer George Eisenhart, Jr. after he accidentally stepped in front of Samson while it was moving.

In the late 1970s, heavily modified pickup trucks were becoming popular and the sports of mud bogging and truck pulling were gaining in popularity. Several truck owners had created lifted trucks to compete in such events, and soon competition to hold the title of “biggest truck” developed. The trucks which garnered the most national attention were Bob Chandler’s Bigfoot, Everett Jasmer’s USA-1, Fred Shafer and Jack Willman Sr.’s Bear Foot, and Jeff Dane’s King Kong. At the time, the largest tires the trucks were running were 48 inches (1.2 m) in diameter.The first monster truck front flip in a scored competition was achieved in 2017 by Lee O’Donnell in VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist at Monster Jam World Finals 18.

Why did monster trucks flop?
The film was originally meant to attract a wide audience but turned out to be more kid-oriented than expected, insiders said. Another problem was that “Monster Trucks” was an original idea that lacked the branding clout of movies based on Nickelodeon and Hasbro properties.
On January 16, 2009, at a Monster Jam event in Tacoma, Washington 6-year-old Sebastian Hizey was fatally injured when he was struck by flying debris from the truck Natural High. Hizey succumbed to his injuries the next morning.

King Kong and Bear Foot each followed Bigfoot to 66-inch-diameter (1.7 m) tires, and soon other monster trucks, such as King Krunch, Maddog, and Virginia Giant were being constructed. These early trucks were built on stock chassis which were heavily reinforced, used leaf spring suspension, a stock body, and heavy axles from military-specification vehicles to support the tires.

In 1988, to standardize rules for truck construction and safety, Bob Chandler, Braden, and George Carpenter formed the Monster Truck Racing Association (MTRA). The MTRA created standard safety rules to govern monster trucks. The organization still plays a major role in the sport’s development in the US and EU.
Engines are now typically mounted behind the driver on most trucks and are typically supercharged, run on a methanol-based fuel, and have displacement of up to 575 cubic inches (9.42 L). Axles are mostly taken from either heavy-duty military trucks or road vehicles such as school buses, and are modified to have a planetary gear reduction at the hub to help turn the tires. All trucks have hydraulic steering in both the front and the rear (four wheel steering), with the front wheels controlled by the steering wheel and the rear wheels by a toggle switch.For most of the early 1980s, monster trucks performed primarily exhibitions as a side show to truck pulling or mud bogging events. In August 1983, Bigfoot and USA-1 competed in the first side-by-side monster truck race, which was filmed for the television show That’s Incredible. By 1985 major promoters, such as the USHRA and TNT Motorsports, were racing monster trucks on a regular basis. In 1988, TNT Motorsports created a series to establish the first national championship of monster truck racing; USA-1 and rookie driver Rod Litzau edged out Bigfoot, driven by Rich Hoosier, for the title.

Is there a Monster Jam TV show?
Feld Sports Entertainment presents the biggest and baddest monster truck event in a weekly televised event featuring racing, donuts and freestyle action.
4. You can get in early for up-close views of the trucks. There is a Pit Party from 2:30-5:30 p.m., where fans can meet drivers, get autographs and take photos of the trucks. The Pit Party is $15 (but you also need a ticket to the main event).

5. The trucks aren’t anything like your F-150. These are custom-built machines that run on ethanol, stand 10 ½ feet high, weigh 12,000 pounds and generate 1,500 horsepower. The tires are 66 inches in diameter and weigh 645 pounds apiece.
10. The drivers aren’t all good ol’ boys. Two of the trucks competing in Jacksonville, El Toro Loco and Scarlet Bandit, are driven by women. There are 13 female drivers on the Monster Jam circuit this season.7. You decide the winner. There is a panel of judges, but fans in the crowd will be asked to score the two-wheeled skills, donuts and freestyle events by using their smartphones. Fans will have just 20 seconds to enter their choices.

8. It’s not the only Monster Jam. While the trucks are roaring and smashing their way around the stadium in Jacksonville, there are also Monster Jams going on in Atlanta; Portland, Ore.; Richmond, Va.; Nampa, Ida.; Allentown, Pa.; Hidalgo, Texas; and Anaheim, Calif.
2. It’s a pretty good bargain. Sure, you can spend $175 for a ticket if you want. But you can also sit in the upper deck — where you get a good view of all the action — for just $15.

1. It’s really loud. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studied the level of noise at a monster truck show in Cincinnati in 1998 and found that the crowd at the show was exposed to average noise levels of 90-100 decibels and maximum noise levels of around 125 decibels. Hearing protection is recommended for exposure over 85 decibels, so it’s a really good idea to bring earplugs.
6. It really is a competition. There’s more to a Monster Jam than just smashing cars. Each truck will participate in two races, a two-wheeled skills challenge, a donut competition and freestyle event.

Where can I watch Monster Jam 2023?
Tune in to the Monster Jam YouTube channel this Saturday at 9 a.m. ET as we premiere episodes from the 2023 Monster Jam Stadium Series and 2023 Monster Jam Arena in 30 Series.
9. There’s more than one Grave Digger. There will be Grave Digger trucks racing this weekend at seven locations around the country. There are also six El Toro Locos and five Zombies working the circuit this week.Tune in to the Monster Jam YouTube channel this Saturday at 9 a.m. ET as we premiere episodes from the 2023 Monster Jam Stadium Series and 2023 Monster Jam Arena in 30 Series.

You can also check out the full MAVTV schedule here, with episodes of Monster Jam stadium series action, the Inside Monster Jam podcast, and Arena in 30 airing this weekend.
MONSTER JAM®, MONSTER JAM WORLD FINALS®, Triple Threat Series™, UNITED STATES HOT ROD ASSOCIATION®, USHRA®, AFTERBURNER®, BACKWARDS BOB®, BLUE THUNDER®, CAPTAIN’S CURSE®, CRUSADER®, DRAGON’S BREATH®, EARTHSHAKER™, EL DIABLO®, EL TORO LOCO®, GRAVE DIGGER®, GRAVE DIGGER THE LEGEND®, GRINDER®,MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION®, MAX-D™, MEGALODON™, MOHAWK WARRIOR®, MONSTER MUTT®,NEW EARTH AUTHORITY™, NORTHERN NIGHTMARE®, SON-UVA DIGGER® and ZOMBIE™ are trademarks used under license by Feld Entertainment, Inc.See the World’s best talent competing in the Skills Shootout, Battle Bracket on the challenging, Insanity-Style Racing Track and the crowd-favorite Freestyle. This action-packed show offers 90 minutes of sensory overload and connects you to the experience from the start. Included with your Monster Truck show ticket: Drift Sport! See professional drift drivers tackle the track as they compete in three disciplines around the Monster Truck Obstacles. This year’s show is guaranteed to bring all-new motorsports experience! Feld Sports Entertainment presents the biggest and baddest monster truck event in a weekly televised event featuring racing, donuts and freestyle action.Feld Sports Entertainment presents the biggest and baddest monster truck event in a weekly televised event featuring racing, donuts and freestyle action.Feld Sports Entertainment presents the biggest and baddest monster truck event in a weekly televised event featuring racing, donuts and freestyle action. -Check the venue before you go to see if you can bring food. I found out after the fact that at Angel Stadium you can bring snacks and water. We were allowed to bring outside food (food brought from home or fast food, etc.), juice boxes and small water bottles. It certainly saves a lot of money that way. I am taking my 2yr old who doesn’t sit well to this, this weekend. Not sure if this is a good idea or not. We’ve never been to something like this before. I’m nervous!

Who says that big trucks and dirt are only for boys? I am a huge fan of Monster Jam and every year I cover it I am even more impressed than the previous year. If you have never been before here are a few tips and things to expect that should make your visit smooth and comfortable!

-Be prepared to sit for up to 30 mins in the parking lot upon leaving due to traffic. If you hate waiting, I suggest you leave a little early to beat the crowd.-Keep an eye out in the parking lot. A lot of people tail gate before the show and we saw kids riding scooters up and down the parking lot while cars were looking for spots.Hi , what time is ideal to show up if your planning on tailgating ? And also do you need a pit pass to park and tailgate if your not going into the pit party ?-Watch your local news outlets as sometimes a truck or two will appear in public before the event. This is a great way to let smaller children experience the trucks who might not have the patience to sit through a performance.

Do you need ear muffs for Monster Jam?
Hearing protection is recommended for exposure over 85 decibels, so it’s a really good idea to bring earplugs.
Hi! I’m Melodi and I am from sunny southern California and mom to 3 kids. I am a major foodie, I love roller coasters and enjoy showing my kids the world. I created Family Review Guide to share tips for family life, parenting, family fun activities, family food ideas, family travel, and home decor. I am currently an ambassador for Knott’s Berry Farm and my passion is cruising!El Toro Loco® driven by Kevin Crocker; Megalodon® driven by Cory Rummell; BroDozer™ driven by Team BroDozer; Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Cynthia Gauthier; Bounty Hunter driven by Jimmy Creten; Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten; Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Kraken driven by Nick Pagliarulo; Wolf’s Head driven by Kristen Hope; Xtermigator driven by Buddy Tompkins **Truck line-up subject to change

-The first and most important tip is bring ear protection! It is extremely loud at monster Jams and little ones can be sensitive to the noise. Some good ear protection like noise canceling headphones or ear plugs is highly recommended.
What won’t you see! Expect trucks to be flipping over, hoods will be flying off, sometimes you might see flames from a truck catching on fire but most of all you will see big trucks racing each other, doing tricks like wheelies and pumping up the crowd! Here is a sample video from our visit:Featured Trucks/Drivers: Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; Max-D™ driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco® driven by Scott Buetow; Whiplash™ driven by Brianna Mahon; Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier; Bakugan Dragonoid driven by Camden Murphy; EarthShaker® driven by Steven Thompson; Bad Company driven by John Gordon; Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson; Saigon Shaker driven by Ryan Disharoon; Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer; Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer **Truck line-up subject to change

Featured Trucks/Drivers: Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; El Toro Loco® driven by Becky McDonough; Dragon™ driven by Jon Zimmer; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® driven by Bryce Kenny; Monster Energy driven by Todd LeDuc; Monster Mutt® Rottweiller driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Black Pearl driven by Cole Venard; Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; Hooked driven by Bryan Wright; Over Bored driven by Jayme Garner; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II; Black Stallion driven by TBDAt the Monster Jam Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. It’s an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where lifelong fans are born. Also fans can enjoy an exclusive extra hour in the Pit Party with the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry to beat the crowds and have more time to experience all the Monster Jam fun! Plus, fans in every city can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions via real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Who is the girl that drives for monster?
Krysten Anderson, daughter of Grave Digger creator Dennis Anderson, first started driving a monster truck when she was 18. She’ll turn 26 on May 16, 2023.
The film was first scheduled for release in summer 2015, but the studio later moved its target to Christmas. Then Paramount fired Goodman, the movie’s chief advocate, in February 2015 because of the studio’s thin film release slate. Without Goodman, “Monster Trucks” became an orphan at the company, according to people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.The movie became a passion project for Goodman, whom the studio had tasked with building Paramount Animation. Paramount tapped “Sponge Out of Water” producer Mary Parent to produce the picture and hired director Chris Wedge, best known for Fox’s 2002 blockbuster “Ice Age.”

The long journey of “Monster Trucks” began in 2013, when Paramount’s president at the time, Adam Goodman, conceived the idea for the film after observing how much his 3-year-old son enjoyed playing with toy trucks and cars. The studio, led by Chairman and Chief Executive Brad Grey and then-Vice Chairman Rob Moore approved, hoping it could turn the concept into a “Transformers”-like franchise with toy sales and sequels.

The studio pushed back the film’s release two more times as executives turned their attention to other pictures. A recent presentation by Grey to show off upcoming movies didn’t mention “Monster Trucks,” instead focusing on prestigious films such as “Arrival” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.”
“Monster Trucks” was once a top priority as part of the studio’s push into computer animation. Paramount launched its animation unit in 2011 after the critical and commercial success of the CGI Johnny Depp comedy “Rango,” which won an Oscar for best animated feature. Then Paramount lost its key supplier of family franchises, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation, in 2012.That increased pressure on Paramount to come up with a pipeline of animated pictures, which have become an increasingly important global business for the major movie studios. Three of the 10 highest-grossing films last year were animated. Those titles, “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Zootopia,” grossed nearly $3 billion combined worldwide. The live action-computer animation hybrid, about a teenage boy who befriends a tentacled, gas-guzzling monster in his truck, is on track to gross $8 million to $10 million during its first four days in theaters this weekend — an abysmal result for a movie that cost $125 million to make. “Amusement Park,” expected to debut in 2019, is now in production, featuring voice acting by Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Garner. “Sherlock Gnomes,” a co-production with MGM, is due out in January 2018. The studio also has high hopes for a “SpongeBob” sequel, set to hit theaters in early 2019.

The troubled “Monster Trucks” is just the latest headache for Paramount, the storied Hollywood studio that is trying to recover from a string of box-office flops and a wave of corporate upheaval. Hoped-for blockbusters including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Star Trek” sequels underperformed last year amid a bitter power struggle between controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone and former Chief Executive Philippe Dauman, who was ousted in August.
Paramount has entered the animation business in fits and starts. Its 2015 film “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” was a winner, grossing more than $320 million worldwide. But the animation unit’s leader, Bob Bacon, abruptly exited the studio that summer. Then, Paramount unexpectedly abandoned its planned release of “The Little Prince,” an independently produced adaptation of the beloved French book that has received strong reviews. Netflix bought the rights and released it instead this summer.But marketing would have been a challenge for “Monster Trucks” even without the bad buzz surrounding the Viacom write-down. The film was originally meant to attract a wide audience but turned out to be more kid-oriented than expected, insiders said. Ryan Faughnder is a senior editor with the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town team, which covers the business of entertainment. He also hosts the entertainment industry newsletter The Wide Shot. A San Diego native, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from USC and a bachelor’s in English from UC Santa Barbara. Before joining The Times in 2013, he wrote for the Los Angeles Business Journal and Bloomberg News. “You knew right after seeing the first trailer that it was going to bomb,” Jeff Bock, a box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, said of “Monster Trucks.” “I’m surprised ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ doesn’t already have the rights to this.”

Paramount Pictures originally conceived its new movie “Monster Trucks” as fuel for its upstart animation business. But instead, the long-delayed big-budget picture is poised to become the first major box-office wreck of 2017.
Hollywood executives and analysts said it’s too early to say whether Paramount Animation will be successful, given the time and money it takes to produce computer animated features. Computer animated movies take about four years to make, and cost at least $75 million each before marketing is factored in. Big movies from Disney and Pixar often cost more than $150 million.

Who is the host of monster truck Show?
Over six episodes hosts Tommy Kane and Kristen Beat take you behind the scenes of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live as they meet the drivers, showcase the trucks, and learn from the creators at Mattel how they brought these awesome toys to life!
“More than any part of our business, animation takes time,” Evans said. “We have learned a lot to date. We are excited and confident in what we have in our pipeline and committed to building Paramount Animation for the long-term.”Troubling signs have been apparent for months. The first trailer for “Monster Trucks” released in June became the butt of widespread Internet snark, and reviews from professional critics have been mostly negative. In an unusual preemptive move, Paramount’s parent company, Viacom Inc., in September disclosed it would take a $115-million write-down “related to the expected performance of an unreleased film,” quickly revealed to be “Monster Trucks.” Studios rarely announce such write-downs before movies are actually released.

The feature animation business is more competitive than ever, with Universal Pictures growing its “Minions” production company Illumination Entertainment and acquiring DreamWorks Animation last year. Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures have all planted flags in animation.

Who owns Grave Digger monster truck?
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Grave Digger is a monster truck racing team in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series founded by original driver Dennis Anderson.
Future releases, he said, will be mostly conventional animated movies, as opposed to live-action films with a CGI component. The unit has a small staff of about 10 people and mainly relies on other companies to do the computer animation. “It’s a little tough, because they don’t have a stable of famous characters,” said Tom Sito, chair of animation at the University of Southern California. “They’ve had to establish a new brand, and that’s a tall order on a short production schedule.” Paramount Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans would not comment specifically on “Monster Trucks,” but he said he is “confident” in other upcoming titles, such as “Amusement Park” and “Sherlock Gnomes.”

Then there is the fact that “Monster Trucks” is labeled as a Paramount Animation film, even though it’s not a traditional animated picture. The studio decided a live-action production with a major computer-generated imagery element would work better for the story and lead to a faster turnaround, according to people close to the project. Hybrid movies like Sony Animation’s “The Smurfs” and Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” have worked well in the past, but those movies had familiar characters.
Another problem was that “Monster Trucks” was an original idea that lacked the branding clout of movies based on Nickelodeon and Hasbro properties. Instead of creating mystery around the monster, the trailers tended to emphasize the movie’s goofier aspects, including a scene where the octopus creature belches.

To boost its slate, Paramount in May signed a deal to develop and produce animated movies with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Locksmith Animation, based in Britain. The companies said they will develop three properties, and plan to release the first in 2020.
For those with digital tickets, please be prepared to have it scanned for entry. Make sure to retrieve your tickets ahead of time and don’t forget to charge your phone.The Tacoma Dome is a cashless facility, including all concession and merchandise sales. Google Pay and Apple Pay are also available at concession points of sale. There are cash-to-card kiosks (reverse ATM’s) where guests can exchange their cash for a Tacoma Dome VISA card. Card balances remain usable anywhere after the event. Going cashless improves the transaction process, reduces wait times, and limits guest to staff contact. Cashless parking payment options are also available. Please visit our Cashless FAQs for more information.

Security measures are in place for all Tacoma Dome events, including metal detectors and a clear bag policy. Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not allowed. No outside food and beverage. If you see something, say something™. Only bring necessary items to expedite the entry process.
The all-star Tacoma truck lineup will feature multiple fan favorites! Please visit the Monster Jam website for the latest truck lineup (subject to change).

Is Monster Jam too loud for toddlers?
Tips For Attending Monster Jam It is extremely loud at monster Jams and little ones can be sensitive to the noise. Some good ear protection like noise canceling headphones or ear plugs is highly recommended. -Bundle up!
Let us guide your way! Please follow our recommended routes – The use of Exit 133 from I-5 is not advised. This exit is generally closed for high volume traffic events and traffic will be re-routed. For real-time traffic, we suggest using Waze. Parking in Tacoma Dome lots is $20 and may be limited.Non-professional (no detachable lens) cameras are allowed. No video cameras, audio recording devices, GoPros, iPads, selfie sticks, gimbals, or tripods.The fun begins at the Monster Jam Pit Party, where you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers and crews, get autographs and take pictures.

Pit Party – Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-12 noon. A 1pm event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Guests should use Lower NW entry doors for Pit Party (subject change).
Ride restrictions: To ensure safety, children under one year of age, pregnant women and anyone that has a health or physical condition that does not allow them to load safely are not able to ride. Kids over 5 years of age must purchase a separate ticket and may not sit in a lap.After the accident Friday night, police took photographs and witness statements, and gathered any objects that might have gone into the stands, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff said. He said at least one piece of metal “flew off the truck.”

Are monster trucks still a thing?
Today they are usually the main attraction with motocross, mud bogging, ATV racing, or demolition derbies as supporting events.
A three-day monster truck show at the Tacoma Dome will go on as planned today and tomorrow following the death of a child and injury of a man at Friday night’s opening eventCity officials issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened and our hearts go out to the families. … The Tacoma Dome takes the safety of its customers very seriously, and we are working with Feld Motor Sports, the promoters of Monster Jam, to investigate the accident and ensure the safety of guests at the remaining shows this weekend.”