Over the weekend, my family and I attended the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam show, or Havoc in the Harbor for fun. It was HUGE to say the least. Fans of all ages filled M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens) to scream, cheer, and show their support for their favorite “big truck“. Instead of overlooking a field of turf marked with 10 yard increments and a field goal post, we witnessed several mounds of dirt and scrapped cars strategically mapped out to form a course. I knew this would be different than any other Monster Jam event we ever attended. It was.
For starters, we were given seats in the Baltimore Ravens Press Box. An elevator took us up to the press floor where we were greeted by several friendly staff members…and FOOD. We immediately took our place in line and drooled over the selection of vegetables, cheeses, hot dogs w/sauerkraut, and chicken tenders. There were iced cold Coca Cola products on hand to quench our thirsts. You could back for seconds, thirds, and fourths without anyone giving you the geez-you’re-greedy-slow-down look. It was quite the treat.
Before heading to our seats in the Press Box, we stopped and took a photograph in front of the Monster Jam backdrop. It didn’t go so well. I’m not sure if it was the photographer or the camera. Just know that the pictures are of my son, my little cousin, and Me. Ian isn’t one for the camera. It’s the source of many arguments. Say “cheese”.
I was happy to see a few familiar faces at the show. Jennifer from Hip As I Wanna Be and Melinda & Rob from Look What Mom Found & Dad Too were all in attendance. It’s always a pleasure to see familiar faces at local events, and to spend time with “online friends" IRL (in real life). Jennifer and I laughed at our outfit ensembles. We both wore dresses (hers from Fresh Produce, mine from Old Navy)…to a Monster Jam. To our defense, we looked great. AND our dresses were casual and stylish enough to rock a Monster Jam or a Monster Ball. I even “popped my collar” on the jean vest I added for fun. Don’t hate...or laugh!
The boys never complained the entire time. They spent nearly 6 hours watching trucks flip, spin-out, crash, and crush the competition. That’s a little boy’s dream. In fact, a local was living out his dream at the show. Baltimore’s own, Travis Pastrana, was the man behind the Nitro Circus truck at the event. He didn’t have the best running at the show, but everyone enjoyed his presence.
I would have to say the highlight of the night was from Maximum Destruction. His freestyle performance landed him a high score and cheers throughout the stadium. Take a look at the footage I captured and see just why everyone jumped out of their seats.
I’m not sure how Monster Jam can top this event, or even if they have to. But what I can say is that there was no havoc outside of the arena. Just pure excitement and Monster Truck mania over the events that were witnessed. Big trucks rock!
Disclosure: My family and I were provided complimentary tickets to attend Monster Jam thanks to Feld Entertainment. We have been long time supporters of this event. The opinions and views are my own.