Get up close: See Nitro Circus’ action, energy and daring tricks at Stocker Stadium
For several hours, adrenaline is going to pump like mad through Stocker Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 26.
It will rush through the crowd of fans from the more than 30 athletes flying, twisting, flipping and somehow balancing action with crazy while moving through the air at the stadium.
“If you’re considering attending Nitro Circus, you should come prepared to be thrilled for two hours. It doesn’t stop, it builds ... the fast pace of the show, the young athletes, the energy and the progress of these kids with the tricks that they do. It’s a fantastic show. I can absolutely guarantee it will make you laugh and gasp at the same time,” said Kurt Nicoll, vice president of Global Touring for Nitro Circus.
The field at Stocker Stadium will be transformed, the football field covered to make way for jumps and ramps — the biggest drop-in ramp is 50-feet high — for freestyle motocross, BMX, skateboarding and inline skating, scooters and various “comedic contraptions,” such as a couch, an ice chest other random rides, Nicoll said.
From the time gates open at 6 p.m. — gates open at 5 p.m. for VIP — and from the show’s 7 p.m. beginning to end two hours later, all fans will be close to the action. The seated and standing areas are only 10–15 feet away from where athletes perform, he said.
“The fans get right up to the action, which is part of the attraction,” Nicoll said. “The bikes are roaring very close to your head.”
“Nothing that we do can be described as 100 percent safe,” he said. “They’re pushing the boundaries all the time. We do our best to keep it safe.”
Nitro Circus, which includes a soundtrack, instant replay on big screens and gas flames — sorry, the pyrotechnics are only for indoor venues — is scripted, and at some points in the show nearly every athlete will be in the air over the field, he said.
And about that script: While most of the time the athletes basically follow it, “it’s a scripted show that is open to interpretation by the athletes,” Nicoll said.
These are young men and women placed in the adrenaline-filled intensity of a performance and you never quite know when they may try something new, he said.
The show is set up so as fans “you never know exactly what you’re going to see,” Nicoll said. But sometimes that goes for the cast as well.
It’s “total excitement from start to finish,” he said.