Get up close: See Nitro Circus’ action, energy and 
daring tricks at Stocker Stadium

Mark Watson/Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem The action sports show Nitro Circus will come to Grand Junction on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Stocker Stadium. The show features about 30 athletes performing tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX, skateboarding and inline skating, scooters and more.



QUICKREAD

NEW TURF

Never fear, motorcycles won’t be chewing up Stocker Stadium’s new synthetic turf football field during the Nitro Circus performance on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Nitro Circus will put down protective surfaces that will protect everything, said Marc Mancuso, sports facility supervisor for the city of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation department.

“They are aware it’s a new field,” Mancuso said.

But not wanting to take chances with new turf that has already been vandalized to the tune of about $5,000 earlier this summer, the city checked with the University of Utah, which previously hosted Nitro Circus for a show on new synthetic turf. The city is comfortable with how Nitro Circus looked after that turf, Mancuso said.

“They are going to take plenty of precautions,” he said.

Nitro Circus crews are expected to roll in about 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, with seven semi trucks full of equipment, he said.

The set and ramps will be built and the show will go on at 7 p.m. that Saturday, and then everything will be torn down and back on the road about by 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

“It will be quite the production,” Mancuso said.

SEE NITRO CIRCUS

This action sports show featuring freestyle motocross, BMX, skateboarding and inline skating, scooters and more will be in Grand Junction on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Stocker Stadium.

Gates open to VIP ticket holders at 5 p.m. and to all others at 6 p.m. Show time is 7 p.m., and the performance is expected to run two hours.

Tickets cost $19 for standing general admission, $39 or $59 for seated areas and $79 for VIP. The family package costs $124 for two adults and two children.

Go to nitrocircus.com and ticketrocket.co for information and to purchase tickets.



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.


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