REVIEW – Monster Jam Storms into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

Monster Jam roared into Tampa this weekend and delivered all sorts of action-packed fun for the whole family to enjoy.

The show features a variety of different themed monster trucks competing for points in three categories, wheelie, racing and freestyle.

Monster Jam is in its 25th anniversary this year and Grave Digger, one of the most popular monster trucks, is celebrating 35 years of monster truck driving, featuring driver Dennis Anderson.

The actual Monster Jam show started at 7:00 P.M. and ran until about 9:30, with a 15 minute intermission in the middle of the show where the dirt is repaired and the track is set for the freestyle segment, which is the best part of the show!

The “Pit Party” that is held before the event features the opportunity for guests to get up close and personal to some of the trucks, participate in fun games, activities and grab some official Monster Jam merchandise.  If you are attending the Pit Party at any of the Monster Jam shows, get there EARLY.  The lines get LONG to meet the drivers, especially Grave Digger, which can be seen in our video.

Tailgating was another activity that was huge during the pre-show timeframe.  So if you’re into tailgating, it is a big deal and encouraged at these Monster Jam events.

Monster Jam is a great time for the family, but a few tips to help you should make it even more enjoyable.

  • Ear protection – These monster trucks are LOUD.  Adults may be ok, but definitely consider bringing earplugs or earphones for your children.  If you forget to bring them, they sell them at the venue.
  • Bring cash- Cash is king at these events.  A lot of the vendors and such take cash only, including parking at whatever arena or complex the event is at.
  • Pace yourself – If you need to go to the bathroom, grab something to eat, try to do so at the end of a segment, usually the big name trucks (like Grave Digger) perform at the end of a segment.

All in all, Monster Jam is a fantastic time for the whole family to enjoy.  We saw all sorts of ages at the event, from young to the young at heart.

For more details, tickets info and to see if Monster Jam is coming to your city, visit the official Monster Jam website here.

Be sure to check out our video above for some highlights from the show we went to in Tampa over the weekend!  While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!



Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed