The Monsters are back: Huge trucks return to MN after 3-year break

The Monster Jam tour skipped the Twin Cities during construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. But hungry fans can get their fill this weekend.
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To Monster Jam fans, it feels like years since those crazy-big trucks brought their crazy backflips to Minnesota.

That's because it has been.

When Monster Jam revs up the engines in U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday night, it will have been three years, three days and a few hours since their last event in the state, according to tour organizers.

That 2013 show was at the Metrodome and for the last two years Monster Jam skipped Minnesota while waiting for the Dome's successor to get built.

The Twin Cities had been on their tour since 1989. So after their starvation diet, Minnesota fans have built up quite an appetite for an in-person glimpse of favorite vehicles like Grave Digger, Mohawk Warrior, Max-D, and Son-uva Digger.

300 truckloads of dirt are getting dumped on the floor of the new stadium in Minneapolis to make the track for Monster Jam.

There are Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows with tickets starting at $15.

One of the trucks – Scooby-Doo driven by Bailey Shea – will also be on display Thursday afternoon at a Metro PCS store in Coon Rapids.

Minnesota driver

Speaking of drivers, one of the Monster Jammers is a local guy: Jim Bendzick grew up in New Prague and still lives there when he's not touring, his bio says. Jim will be behind the wheel of this little number, called Thunder 4x4:

Several years ago Bendzick told the Faribault Daily News he went to all the shows at the Metrodome and was designing his own monster truck in his head years before he had the resources to actually build one.

That first one was called Rolling Thunder. Its successor was brand new when Bendzick brought it to the final show at the Metrodome.

What do these trucks do?

A Monster Jam event has two parts to it. First trucks race each other around the track. But the freestyle part of the show seems to be the most popular. That's when drivers do their own thing, whether it's backflips, wheelies, or whatever else they think up.

This video provides a taste of it:

But for all their crazy jumps, flips, and races – monster trucks might still be best known for their radio commercials.

Like this one.

It won't be long now, Minnesota. Perhaps we'll see you SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY...

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