Chino, that's in Vegas? I've been thinking all since I booked my trip about how I want to go back to Vegas again, maybe in the fall during football season. What exactly happens in a monster jam event?
Yeah. Samboyd Stadium.
Monster Jam events vary depending on where you see them. The size of the Arena pretty much dictates the show. So if you see something in a place like a basketball arena, it'll be much different than one in the Georgia Dome. The Vegas show is a different beast entirely. Many small shows have a lot of "competition", but it's just side shows to entertain the crowd; donut and wheelie competitions, quad races, stuff like that. The show in Vegas has none of that. It's just three days of racing and Freestyle competition. The competition has 32 competitors, 31 of which are determined prior to the event.
As mentioned above, only 31 of the 32 competitors are selected going into night 1. There is a second bracket with 16 rookie trucks/drivers who compete in the "Young Guns Shootout", and the winner gets the 32nd spot of the main bracket. After that's over, the remaining 31 trucks do their qualifying runs.
A bracket is made based on the qualifying times from the night before. The trucks run through the bracket and a racing champion is crowned.
The track is reconfigured over the previous 20 hours and the 32 trucks compete in the Freestyle competition. 2.5 minutes to beat the shit out of your truck while lasting as long as possible. A champion is crowned based on judging.
It's a hell of a lot of fun. I don't even bother with the local shows anymore. Everything offered in CT is garbage compared to the Vega show.