by Janet Jonus Photo courtesy of Monster Jam/Feld Entertainment
Monster Jam is heart-pounding, mud-slinging, noisy show for Monster Trucks coming to the PPG Arena this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 7, 8, and 9th.
Calling all monster truck lovers! Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is returning to Pittsburgh. See all of your favorite trucks including Grave Digger, Max D, Megalodon, Pirate’s Cove, Blue Thunder, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Rottweiler, and Zombie as they battle it out in several rounds of crowd-pleasing fun.
The action goes down in rounds. First up is a timed race through an obstacle course. Next up is the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge. Drivers get to show off with their best stunts in this judged round where you are the judge. Kids love the donut competition – another judged competition where you are the judge. Drivers turn up their best stunts and tricks in the timed Freestyle Competition where you are the judge. Trucks go head-to-head in a racing round until only two are standing. The last two trucks face off to become the Champion.
Kids love the stunt events. Trucks will perform wheelies, walks, big air, moonwalks, donuts, pogos, cyclones, and flips.
To join in on the judging, head to https://www.judgeszone.com/, enter the three digit number provided during the event, and judge each truck.
In between the Monster Truck events, the ATV’s and Speedsters take to the Arena in race and stunt events.
Monster Jam is not a demolition derby. The trucks and drivers are professionals racing, and performing, in the Monster Jam series culminating in a National Championship later this year in Las Vegas. If your kids, or your kids-at-heart, love big trucks Monster Jam is a FamilyFun event for you.
The Trucks and Drivers
Monster Jam Trucks are highly-specialized monster trucks. They weigh 12,000 pounds and stand 10.5 feet tall. Each truck has an air-injected engine, a four link racing suspension, and a safety cage for the drivers. Pick out your favorite truck and vote for them throughout the night.
The drivers come from everywhere. After being accepted into the series, they attend the Monster Jam University in Illinois.
The Pit Party is on Saturday and Sunday from 1030AM to 1200PM before Monster Jam. Meet drivers, get autographs, and see the trucks up close. There are activities for all ages and Monster Jam merchandise to purchase. The Pit Party is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are $15.00. Every entrant must have a ticket to the 100PM Monster Jam show on the same day.
Monster Jam Arena Post-Show Driver Meet and Greet
Get an exclusive chance to meet your favorite drivers after the Show. Everyone gets a Monster Jam souvenir flag, plus autographs and pictures with event drivers. Tickets are limited. Tickets are $50 per person. Every participant must have a ticket to the Monster Jam show too.
The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is at the PPG Arena with shows on Friday, February 7th at 700PM, Saturday, February 8th at 100PM (there is a pre-show Pit Party for an additional $15 prior to this Show) and 700PM, and Sunday, February 9th at 100PM (there is a pre-show Pit Party for an additional $15 prior to this Show). Tickets start at $20 and go through $120 per seat. Pit Party tickets and Post Show Meet & Greets can be added on to tickets during the online ticket purchase or at the Arena. To purchase tickets: https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/pittsburgh-pa/feb-07-2020-feb-09-2020
The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series show is very loud. Ear protection is highly recommended for all but especially little kids. It is usually cold inside the Arena. (Temperatures have to be kept low to keep the trucks from overheating.) Dress warmly. Yes, you can get dirty but not muddy. The show lasts about 2.5 hours with an intermission.
There is a Nursing Room near section 115 and section 225.
The PPG Arena concession stands will be open prior to and during the show. There is a wide variety of food and beverages available. Smoking is not allowed in the building.
The PPG Paints Arena is located at 1001 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh. There are two Arena Parking lots, plus street parking and smaller private lots nearby. The closest T Station is Steel Plaza. There are many Port Authority bus stops on Fifth, Forbes, and Centre Avenue.
The PPG Paints Arena is wheelchair accessible. There are a limited number of wheelchair seats available. Accessible tickets can be purchased online. Click on the “Request Accessible Seating” icon. Wheelchair escorts can be requested at any entrance. There is a wheelchair drop-off location at the Peoples Gate on Fifth Avenue. There are elevators and handicap restrooms as well. There are 14 Family/Unisex restrooms throughout the Arena. These are large enough for a wheelchair.
As in most Arenas, the steps to the seating are steep. If the main lights are on, the steps are well lit. If the main lights are dimmed, the step lighting is pretty dark.
Note: We have been to the PPG Arena in a wheelchair. Accessible seating is limited. The crowds in the concourses can be challenging to navigate. As with most large venues, there are a limited number of handicap stalls in the restrooms that are usually being used by everyone else. We have also found we have to wait for some time after the event to get an elevator out of the Arena.
Assistive Listening Devices are available at Guest Services near section 104. A credit card will be required to be left on file to borrow a device.
The Monster Jam Triple Threat is very noisy. The PPG Arena does not have any designated quiet areas. Areas in the lowest levels, away from the concourses, tend to be quieter during events. You cannot exit the Arena and re-enter during events.
Guest Services is located next to Section 104 in the concourse. First Aid is located just to the right of Guest Services. Look for the sign hanging from the ceiling as the door is covered as part of a mural. First Aid is staffed by EMT’s who can handle any emergency, including transportation to the hospital.
Call 412-642-1800 for more information.