Epic Conclusion To Amazing Metrodome Monster Jam Tradition Ahead

By Scott Douglass
Nov 19, 2013

December 7th will be a day that will be filled with looking back at great memories and witnessing spectacular action when a Monster Jam® era draws to a sensational conclusion with one final Monster Jam in the tradition rich Minneapolis Metrodome.

The history of the sport in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (the official name of this massive facility) dates back more than 30 years to 1982 and to date that venue has hosted more major Monster Jam events than any building in the world. More than three decades of Monster Jam thrills there, and in most years the superstars of Monster Jam competed in the Metrodome multiple times, so the history that will be felt just entering the home of the Vikings will be unlike any other anywhere. At some point during the first weekend of December 2013 I’m sure many competitors and fans alike will step back, just look around the building and conjure up some of the great memories they have seen in Minneapolis over so many years.

I’m sure that will be the case for veterans like Grave Digger® driver, Dennis Anderson and Max-DSM driver, Tom Meents who have created so many of those Minny Memories. For the Grave Digger creator the Metrodome was one of the original domed stadiums where he began to make the reputation that is today’s multi-truck black and green wrecking machine team. Grave Digger has been a part of the action there since the beginning and so many milestones and highlights on the Grave Digger resume were created in the Metrodome. A Meents timeline in the Metrodome covers the entire career of the most accomplished driver in the Monster Jam World FinalsSM era. Beginning with Monster Patrol, to Bulldozer, onto Goldberg, then in Team Meents, and for the last decade in Max-D, Meents and his incredible trucks have almost become Minneapolis landmarks themselves.

Along with the raw numbers, the overall total of  spectacular Monster Jam events held there over the past 30 plus years at various times on each calendar, there is no doubt that the annual trek to the Twin Cities at the end of each year has its own unique atmosphere. There are many reasons for that. One is that in most cases the final Minneapolis event of each year has been held on a weekend where it stands alone with nothing else on the Monster Jam schedule anywhere in the world, focusing the attention of Monster Jam fans worldwide on the Minnesota venue. That has become even more evident in the current social media based world where fans who can’t make it to this historic event for the action live will be checking in all weekend at MonsterJam.com as well on the social media platforms and the free Monster Jam App to keep abreast of all the action as it unfolds.

Another reason this particular annual even has created so much excitement is that it has served as both the beginning and the end, an event that transitions one season into another. For instance this trip to Minny will wrap up the celebration of 10 Years of Maximum Destruction for Meents and the Max-D team, much as last year’s Minneapolis Monster Jam in December proved to be an incredible way to complete Grave Digger’s 30th Anniversary season.

While this event has capped off calendar year’s and celebrations like the aforementioned ones for Grave Digger and Max-D as a general rule this event has really served as a launching pad for a new year of Monster Jam thrills. Many drivers have told me in past years that this event feels like the opening event of a new season.  Battle in Minneapolis in December, enjoy a little holiday time with family and friends, then embark on what is always a busy, hectic, and exciting first quarter of a new year. That will certainly be the case this time with an incredible line-up of Monster Jam superstars back in the Metrodome in what has proven over the years to be a great step on the road to Las Vegas and the biggest event in Monster Jam history, Monster Jam World FinalsSM XV presented by NGK Spark Plugs March 20th through the 22nd of 2014 where the battle for the Monster Jam World Championships will be expanded like never before, a record setting 32 trucks with the competition growing to a 3rd day: Double Down Thursday, racing on Friday, all freestyle on Saturday.

There is no doubt that this event starts the ball rolling in earnest toward the Monster Jam World Finals, yet with the upcoming closing of the Metrodome this year’s Monster Jam will is destined to be a piece of history that just can’t be missed. Every incredible team in this line-up of the world’s best wants to be the one that can boast of being the final champions on the who’s who list of former racing and freestyle winners here. The legends like Max-D and Grave Digger certainly plan to pull out all the stops to make sure they can add another Minneapolis championship to the list, to put the icing on the cake in a building where both of those teams have had lots of triumphs in the past.

But those teams are sure to get stiff challenges from the incredible crop of younger talent that will battle there, and you know each of those competitors wants desperately to be able to add their name to the group that can claim they have won in the Metrodome, joining a roster of names that includes the greatest in Monster Jam history. And while the likes of Grave Digger and Max-D have plenty of Minneapolis hardware in their trophy cases, don’t forget that in recent years the new generation has been making its presence felt. The last two racing champions at this event have not been the traditional names some had favored coming into those events: Morgan Kane powered Monster Magic to the biggest racing championship win of his career at this showdown in 2011, and last year Marc McDonald broke through after a string of runner-up finishes to claim the race bracket victory. In freestyle another of the sport’s new guard has risen to the top here with Ryan Anderson having rocked the house in Son-uva Digger® and winning the freestyle trophy in the Metrodome each of the last two years.

One more Monster Jam extravaganza in the Minneapolis Metrodome on Saturday, December 7, 2013. One final chance to rock the house as only Monster Jam can in a building thick with an amazing past, a dome that truly has been a part of the building of Monster Jam into the worldwide phenomenon that it has become. As much as any that I can think of, this is an event that every Monster Jam fan wants to be a part of, and every competitor in this star-studded line-up cannot wait to deliver one more performance in the Metrodome that lives up to that buildings very special legacy of the spectacular.

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