Monster Jam® 2016!
A Kidsoutandabout Review
by Diana Palmentiero
Monster Jam®, once again, made a pit stop into the Fairfield County area this year! From March 4 - March 6, it will be at the Webster Bank Arena. For fun facts about Monster Jam®, be sure to also check my review from last year, "Five fun facts about Monster Jam and a review of the show at Webster Bank Arena!" This year it was an all-new, action packed show with many different monster trucks including Northern Nightmare, Monster Mutt, Krazy Train, Aftershock, Bounty Hunter with first time appearances by Zombie, New Earth Authority and Iron Outlaw. Besides the main attractions that were the Monster trucks, fans were treated to ATV races, as well as a special appearance by Galatron vs. Reptar, after intermission.
Let's start at the beginning when we arrived to park at the Webster Bank Arena. If you park in the garage, be sure to have cash. It's $10 and credit cards are not accepted. We find it's best to park there, especially in the winter when it is too cold to walk farther. Upon arrival, be forewarned that there will be Monster Jam® paraphanelia to be purchased, including earphones to cover kids' ears, which were shaped like tires. They were really cool! I saw many kids walk in with them so they must have gotten them from years past. If you opt to not purchase, be sure to have earplugs for both you and the kids. Luckily I knew from last year that it is LOUD in the arena! For everyone's safety, the front sections around the arena were covered in purple tarp so that no one sat in them. I guess this was to make sure that if a truck decided to "fly" off course, no one would get hurt. There were a couple of times that the Monster trucks landed on their roofs but luckily the driver was not hurt.
Once the action started, the Monster trucks performed in various competitions, including the wheelie competition, the donut competition and the freestyle competition. In between these competitions, there were ATV racing as well as a show after intermission, with Galatron vs. Reptart. These vehicles looked like rovers on Mars. It was a sort of "space odyssey." One of them shot fire out of its "mouth". It was quite entertaining! Also entertaining was the Bounty Hunter's driver, Trent Montgomery. After winning the donut competition he ran into the audience to meet fans and take selfies! I'd say he was a fan favorite. The trucks were entertaining too! During the freestyle competition, one of Monster Mutt's handlers threw a "bone" to be fetched! Another Monster truck, that seemed to be a fan favorite, was Zombie. Kids were imitating its outstretched, blood stained arms as they watched him in the freestyle competition.
All in all it was a fun night for parents and their children! Some reviews I heard were "epic," "so much fun," and "I will be back again next year." Grab your tickets now because they are going fast for the next couple of days. Monster Jam® tickets are affordably priced, starting at $10.00 for children ages 2-12. (Limit 4 kids’ tickets per 1 purchased adult ticket. Offer not valid on Gold Circle Seats. Additional fees apply.)
Tickets are available at the Webster Bank Arena CLICK IT or TICKET Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.