Monster Jam returns to Syracuse for the first time in two years

Monster Jam returns to Syracuse

Grave Digger and 11 other 12,000-pound trucks excited fans at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
Published: April 17, 2022 | Updated: April 19th, 2022 at 10:28 am
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The monster truck Grave Digger launches into the air at Monster Jam Saturday night in the Carrier Dome.

Saturday night, the Dome was packed with families and friends as the intense, loud and colorful “Monster Jam” event came back to Syracuse for the first time in two years.

The event pits trucks against each other as they compete in three challenges: speed, two-wheel skills and freestyle. Drivers race their 12,000-pound trucks around stadiums across the country. They have perfected tricks like backflips and two-wheeled stunts and drive their monster trucks over 70 miles per hour.

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The monster truck Meglodon gets stuck with its nose on a bump at Monster Jam.

One of the best-known trucks, Grave Digger, won the 12-driver competition. Behind the wheel was Tyler Menninga.  All the stops on this tour will culminate with the Monster Jam World Finals so drivers are challenging each other and pushing their limits to land a spot in the final competition.

Other drivers competing on Saturday night included Kayla Blood in Soldier Fortune, Ryan Anderson, who has already qualified for the World Finals, in Son-Uva Digger and Cory Rummell in the shark-shaped truck Megalodon.

Fans crane their necks to get a glimpse of the trucks at The Dome on Saturday.

Monster Jam fans crane their necks to get a glimpse of the trucks from the Carrier Dome walkways.

A vendor sells water ice in Monster Jam cups on Saturday night at The Dome.

A vendor sells water ice in Monster Jam cups on Saturday night.

Grave Digger drifts past another monster truck during its run on Saturday.
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Meglodon drives on the dirt track during Saturday's Monster Jam.