BY BILLY SUTER
THE monster truck juggernaut, Monster Jam, will be visiting South Africa for the first time next year – with stadium shows in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
American-based Feld Entertainment and leading local promoter, Showtime Management, in association with SuperSport, East Coast Radio, Kfm 94.5 and JacarandaFM, will present the first show at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium at 6pm on Saturday, April 20.
This will be followed by 6pm performances at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, April 27, and FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on Saturday, May 4.
Tickets, ranging in price from R150 to R600, are on sale exclusively from Computicket, the official Monster Jam SA ticketing agent.
For decades, Monster Jam has been one of the biggest and most successful touring family shows in the US. It is one of the most exciting forms of family entertainment, featuring 4m-tall, five-ton beasts.
“The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels – the Monster Jam trucks. These amazing machines bring fans to their feet while racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – or smash through,” says a spokesman
“World-class drivers compete in both Monster Jam truck racing and freestyle competitions in one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track.
“Combining high-octane, spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road motorsport competition, the jaw-dropping displays will leave families on the edge of their seats.”
With the best truck line-up ever assembled for an international performance, the show will feature six of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals champions Grave Digger and Max D.
Before the show, fans have the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam superstars, get their autographs and take pictures with the trucks. This unequalled access allows fans to get amongst the Monster Jam action.
Tickets for the Pit Party cost R150 each. Quantities are limited and available only with an event ticket priced at R150, R250, R350, R450 and R600. A Pit Party ticket is included in the exclusive Premium Lounge tickets at R800 per ticket.
The Pit Party is from 1pm to 3.30pm with final entry at3 pm. The Monster Jam drivers depart from the Pit Party at 3:30pm.
The larger than life spectacular takes place on specially-designed tracks that optimise mobility so the most recognizable trucks in the world can go head to head in wheelies, donuts, racing and freestyle competitions pushing the Monster Jam trucks to their limits.
The custom-designed Monster Jam trucks weigh up to 4 500kg and are powered by super-charged engines delivering more than 1 500 horsepower.
With tyres 1.7m tall, a Monster Jam truck is capable of reaching speeds of up to 110km per hour. Monster Jam trucks can jump as far as 43m in length
Globally, Monster Jam events entertain more than 4 million fans a year, at more than 350 performances in 150 cities on five continents.
The South African 2019 dates are the first in the southern hemisphere as this country joins first-time markets Saudi Arabia, Buenos Aries, Lyon, Beijing, Singapore and Brazil.