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Monster Jam Abu Dhabi By The Numbers
May 7, 2013
Ever since I was provided the incredible opportunity to be a part of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® bringing so many incredible thrills to new fans outside of its American birthplace I have often had fans and friends ask me about the how’s. How do you do it? How can you take such a massive motorsports event and even more massive Monster Jam® trucks across oceans and thousands of miles away to grow the sport worldwide? Those questions were common when events were first introduced to Europe, but the volume of them that I’ve heard has increased tons since the announcement that the sport will make its debut in the Middle East on Friday, May 10th at Zayed City Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
How do you get the Monster Jam trucks there? How many people does it take? How much planning does it take? All of those questions and many more come up so to answer several of them Monster Jam European Tour Manager Robert Black, who will fulfill that same role in the United Arab Emirates, put together a complete look at Monster Jam Abu Dhabi, by the numbers. So let’s take a look at lots of the answers here.
According to Mr. Black, here is what it will take for Monster Jam to rock the house in Abu Dhabi:
SEVERAL MONTHS OF INTENSE PLANNING BY THE MONSTER JAM STAFF
85 TOURING STAFF MEMBERS
10 NATIONALITIES ( 1 BELGIAN, 1 CZECH REPUBLIC, 1 NEW ZEALAND, 1 ITALIAN, 2 SWEDISH, 2 POLISH, 2 HUNGARIANS, 6 ROMANIANS, 9 UNITED KINGDOM, 60 USA)
THE STAFF WILL BE FLYING A TOTAL OF 1,123,928 MILES TO GET TO AND BACK FROM ABU DHABI (THAT EQUATES TO TRAVELING AROUND THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF EARTH 45 TIMES)
10 SEA CONTAINERS TRAVELING 6,190 NAUTICAL MILES FROM NORFOLK VIRGINA, TO PORT JEBEL ALI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, TRANSPORTING THE MONSTER JAM TRUCKS
1020 BOTTLES OF WATER
40 GALLONS OF PAINT
495 GALLONS OF METHANOL
3000 CUBIC YARDS OF GOOD DIRT (REMEMBER, IT’S A DESERT, NO CLAY HERE)
13 PIECES OF VERY HEAVY EQUIPMENT FOR TRACK CONSTRUCTION
10 OF THE BEST MONSTER JAM TRUCKS IN THE WORLD
10 OF THE BEST MONSTER JAM TRUCK DRIVERS
6 TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
1 SAFETY OFFICIAL
13 MONSTER JAM TRUCK TECHNICIANS
5 INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FMX RIDERS
8 PROFESSIONAL ATV RIDERS
9 TRACK CONSTRUCTORS
1 CATERING COMPANY (900 TOTAL MEALS TO BE SERVED)
30 CRUSH CARS, 2 VANS AND A BUS
LOTS AND LOTS OF SUN SCREEN (SPF 150 WILL DO NICELY)
2 TRANSPORT BUSES, TWO TRANSPORT VANS, 2 CARS.
AN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY TEAM
One thing to add to that list is the incredible level of talented Monster Jam drivers who will be spending time with new fans and showing them what Monster Jam is all about during this Middle East debut. All of that and even more is heading half way around the world to bring the world’s most exciting motorsports action to thousands of brand new fans for the first time. Yes, it takes an amazing effort to make it happen but make no mistake about it, the results are sure to be even more amazing.