One of my fondest childhood memories is hanging out with my dad going to watch arenacross, mud racing, truck pulls, and monster trucks! It seems like we went every summer at least once, and it was good way to do something together that we both enjoyed. Now, we have this awesome indoor arena in Loveland so there is no waiting for summer. Two of the events I previously mentioned, arenacross and monster trucks happen to be at the Budweiser Events Center this weekend!

Arenacross is basically just motorcycle racing on an indoor dirt track. Riders maneuver obstacles of double and triple jumps sending riders over 80 ft. through the air. With lighter bikes produced today, riders are also more free with the tricks they can do in the air. Look for a back flip or two only a few feet away from you this weekend!

Since at least the early 70's, guys have been modifying their pickups into huge machines and using them to jump over cars, on cars, and maneuver other obstacles. Then in 1981, Bob Chandler drove over cars in "Bigfoot" in what is often believed to be the first monster truck to crush cars. The rest is history. Monster trucks vary in size depending on individual design, but generally average an approximate weight of 10,000 pounds and measure about 12 feet in height, 12 feet wide and 20 feet long. The cost to maintain a monster truck can be quite high. A new set of wheels and tires averages $12,500, and the annual cost of maintaining a truck and staff often exceeds $500,000.

Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Arenacross rumbles into Budweiser Events Center this Friday and Saturday February 17-18 for competitions at 7:30 p.m. each night. The biggest monster truck of them all, BIGFOOT, returns to lead the way with action-packed performances full of earth-shaking family entertainment. Monster Trucks and Arenacross riders will compete together on the same track a full weekend of thrills.

Tickets, priced at $17, $25 VIP and a limited amount of $75 Ultimate Fan Seats, plus applicable fees, are on sale now. at, 877-544-TIXX (8499) and the Budweiser Events Center Box Office. Group discounts available by calling 970-619-4122.

**All ticket prices will increase $3 when purchased day of show, except VIP tickets**



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