At 12 feet tall sitting on 66-inch tall tires and boosting 2,000 horsepower, it’s no secret that both motorsports and non-motorsports fans are lured in by the sight of trucks jumping up to 35 feet in the air and flying distances up to 130 feet. For that reason, it’s no secret that Canadians are excited for the kick-off of the 2017 Canadian Monster Jam season.
The Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario will host 14 of the best, coolest trucks on the tour featuring a wide range of stars on January 28 and 29.
The squad is led into Ontario’s capital by Son-uva Digger’s Ryan Anderson. Anderson has made two previous appearances in Toronto, both resulting in victories for the second generation star.
In his first trip to Toronto in 2014, he left a lasting impression on the fans with a racing victory during the Saturday show, followed by the victory in freestyle on Sunday. Through his run, he attacked every end of the course, gaining height off of many of the obstacles, while attacking them every angle possible. Add in a top-notch cyclone, Anderson scored 28 points for the win.
Last year making his second trip to Toronto, he came up short in racing on Saturday, but showed fans why he’s a favourite in freestyle. He got some of the biggest air the fans had seen all night, crossing jumps at all different directions, and getting air with ease. Even with a rear tire going flat with 30 seconds left on the clock, he didn’t let it slow him down as he continued to get air, and cause damage to the dirt mounds across the floor. With 37 points, he took home the win.
Then on Sunday, he’d once again come on short in racing, but backed it up with a solid performance in freestyle which included his signature air and bicycling across the track despite a transmission problem. He’d be awarded the victory, but handed it over to Cam McQueen and Northern Nightmare, feeling it was a stronger run.
The rest of the line-up for this year’s show will include: Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier, Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo, Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal, Wrecking Crew driven by Mike Thompson, Rage driven by Cory Rummel, Barbarian driven by Devin Jones, Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner, El Toro Loco driven by Becky McDonough, Grave Digger driven by Carl Van Horn, Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II, Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Bounty Hunter driven by Todd Morey, and Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen
Following the show in Toronto, the Canadian tour will take the drivers across the entire country, beginning with Winnipeg, Manitoba at the end of January followed by the Rexall Place in Alberta to kick off the month of February. The FELD Entertainment ran tour will then return to Ontario on February 1 and 12 for a show in London, followed by Hamilton on April 22 and 23. Each of these dates on the tour feature a unique line-up, with Canada’s own Northern Nightmare driven by Cam McQueen highlighting the smaller shows.
While each of the tour dates are known for producing great shows, Toronto has grown a reputation as being one of the must-see shows on the tour. For that reason, be sure to purchase tickets and be attendance as there are still plenty of tickets available.
Ticket prices start at $15, with Pit Party Passes are available for purchase for $10. Tickets and Pit Passes are available at the Rogers Centre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, and at (855) 985-5000.
The Pit Party will be held from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on Saturday, January 28 and 10:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday, January 29. The pre-show pit party gives fans the chance to see the massive Monster Jam trucks up close, meet drivers, take pictures and get autographs. To access the Pit Party, event ticket and Pit Party Pass must be presented upon entry.