Monster Trucks Return to Montgomery

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By Tamika Bickham

It's a show for thrill seekers. Monster trucks are back in town, but this year the show is different from any other in Montgomery.

Monster trucks are putting on quite a show.

"I've seen one on TV, but I have not seen one in real life," said Cameron Lawing who was attending his first monster truck show.

Garrett Coliseum's general manager says Friday night's show has brought in a large crowd.

"There's probably 3,000 sold and were looking for another 2,000 to walk up tonight," said Randy Stephenson.

"I was really surprised because when we came two years ago, it was not crowded at all and when we pulled up tonight and the line was out to the parking lot, he was like 'what time do we get to go in'?" said David Koda who brought his son to see the show.

Stephenson says that's because it's a new show put on by Monster X tour.

It includes rides in a monster truck and a meet and greet with drivers. The course  has 1,000 yards of dirt along with new obstacles that send trucks leaping 30 feet into the air.

"There's a lot more cooler trucks," said Blaise Koda.

"This year's a lot different, yeah I think it's gonna be an interesting tonight," said David Koda.

Garrett Coliseum has faced some financial challenges and even the threat of closing, but a partnership between city, county, and state leaders, a little elbow grease, and new shows like this one it is staying alive.

"We painted the entrances on both sides. We've done some resealing on the asphalt out there, especially where the patrons are walking. So, we are just trying to get cleaner looking. We are trying to make it safer. We are just trying to change the image. I think it's working," said Stephenson.

Residents here in Montgomery seem to agree.

"I think it's important to Montgomery to have events like this," said David Koda.

If you missed Friday night's show, there is still time to see the Monster Trucks on Saturday night. The pit party starts at 6p.m. and the show starts at 7:30p.m.

 

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