On Saturday we went to Monster Jam in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. I’m going to be honest and say that before going I didn’t really know much about what to expect and although our twins had seen it advertised on TV, I wasn’t sure if they’d enjoy it, but I have to say we did enjoy it!
For those who don’t know, Monster Jam is the larger than life sport that showcases some amazing world famous trucks. The Monster Jam trucks are massive! It’s really hard to explain just how big they are, especially when you’re standing right next to one, but they actually stand at an astounding 12-feet tall and 10 feet wide, plus they weigh 12,000 pounds!
It’s amazing that they’re actually able to perform wheelies, donuts, cross ups and big air stands when you think about how much they weigh, but amazingly they can do all of those tricks and more!
Our complementary review ticket included entry into the Monster Jam Pit Party. This started at 10am and finished at 1pm with last entry at 12.30pm. After picking up our tickets from the WRU box office on Westgate Street we headed over to the party.
The Pit Party gives fans a chance to get up close to the trucks so that you can see for yourself exactly how big they are. We all felt like we’d shrunk when standing next to the trucks!
Of course it wasn’t just trucks at the Pit Party, we also had the chance to meet and talk to some of the drivers which was pretty awesome, and they were all really friendly. It was also great that we didn’t need to queue for long to see the drivers and their trucks, plus we thought it was a really nice touch that the drivers can also sign autographs for the kids.
Our girls loved seeing all of the trucks up close and finding out more about the trucks by talking to the drivers.
After the Pit Party we headed out of the stadium to go and get some lunch as the main Monster Jam show didn’t start until 3pm.
We arrived back at the Principality Stadium around 2pm and took our seats. The hour went by pretty quickly and before we knew it the show had started.
The trucks drove into the stadium and revved their engines which really got the crowd going and then we watched them race one another two at time. They competed to perform the best wheelies and tricks, and of course raced around the track and ramps.
As our twin girls are seven years old we bought them a pair of ear defenders in a local DIY shop as the noise from the trucks gets pretty loud, but to be honest with you our girls didn’t mind one bit! They couldn’t take their eyes off the trucks! You could see their eyes widen as the trucks zoomed around and flew in the air! They especially liked the Scooby-Doo truck!
I was also amazed to learn that the trucks can actually fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air!
I think that Monster Jam is a great family experience if you enjoy trucks. At the start I was truly in awe of the trucks and loved watching them racing around flying up over the ramps and listening to them revving their engines, but to be honest after an hour it became a bit repetitive with nothing really new happening.
There was intermission around an hour into the show and at the end of this some motocross bikes came out and did some tricks which pretty cool, but the second half was pretty much the same as the first half – Monster Trucks racing around and going over ramps.
Here’s a video I’ve together of our time at Monster Jam:
Overall, we did enjoy Monster Jam, but I don’t think we’d go again.
For the purpose of this review we were given four complimentary tickets for the Pit Party and the Monster Jam show. All views and opinions are 100% my own.