While the rain came pouring down on Friday, we made our way out of the city to Baltimore for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Path of Destruction tour.
This city girl grew up seeing commercials for the monster truck shows out on Long Island but we rarely left the city for activities so not only was this the first time my kidlets would see Monster Jam live, it was a first for me!
Feld Entertainment was kind enough to invite us to dinner with the monster truck drivers on the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Path of Destruction tour and give us behind the scenes access on Saturday before the show.
M&T Bank Stadium — home of the Superbowl champs Baltimore Ravens — was transformed into a jaw-dropping motorsports track.
I was excited to see Grave Digger since that was the monster truck name I remembered hearing in the commercials from childhood. Yep, Dennis Anderson has been racing Grave Digger since 1982. His sons Adam Anderson (racing Grave Digger the Legend) and Ryan Anderson (racing Son Uva Digger) now also compete.
The Pit Party starts five hours before showtime and allows fans to get up close to their favorite drivers for autographs, photos and activities (take a ride in Grave Digger!) that get everyone ready for the big show.
My youngest son was back in New York with his dad and while we missed him like crazy, I think he would have been too young to experience this kind of all day fun just yet. (But judging from how much he already loves the souvenirs I brought him, he will definitely love attending a future tour!)
We toured the track (which included a sick under M&T Bank Stadium walkthrough) and got the scoop on how everything is set up for the shows. We even got to sit in the hot seat!
As if that wasn’t enough fun, when the trucks left the Pit Party they travelled in a monster truck parade into M&T Stadium. It was a great way to see your favorite monster trucks and get even more amped for the show.
The Monster Jam show is set up in two parts – racing and freestyle. It was fun watching the racing but the true fun for me was the freestyle. As a first time Monster Jam attendee, it was insane to see some of those flips in person. 100% craziness.
When MaX-D won freestyle there is a slight chance I may have been out of my seat shouting and giving high-fives to random Marylanders.
For obvious reasons I was happy MaX-D won! I saw MaX-D driver Tom Meents after the show (yes, it was super long day so ignore my shiny face haha) and he was just the nicest.
Monster Jam is coming to East Rutherford, New Jersey this Saturday. If you live near Met Life Stadium, take your family. And if you don’t, check out the Monster Jam tour schedule so you can see them when they are in your neck of the woods.
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Path of Destruction is one of the most affordable all day activities I could recommend. See the fun in person!