Save on Big Thrills at ‘Monster Jam’

Giant trucks and daredevil tricks come to Raleigh in April

Grave Digger is one of the most popular Monster Trucks that can be seen on the Monster Jam tour. Employees can get a discount to the event in Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Monster Jam.

It weighs as much as an elephant, stands almost as tall as a giraffe, moves faster than a cheetah, and can fly up to 130 feet in the air.

No, this isn’t some exotic animal, but rather a highly tuned, man-made “monster” of rubber and metal. With horsepower five times greater than a Ford Mustang, the imposing contraption is a Monster Jam truck and a fleet is coming to town.

For three shows across April 8 (7:30 p.m.) and 9 (2 and 7:30 p.m.), fans of giant vehicles, crushing cars and daredevil tricks can get their fill at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Faculty and staff get a discount to cheer on the fun, saving up to $10.50 per ticket for adults and $15.75 for each children’s ticket as part of Duke’s employee discount program.

“Its such a fun thing to take our two boys to see every year,” said Kelly Worden, a Duke health information specialist who will attend the Monster Jam this year with her family for a fifth year this spring. “Seeing those big trucks going around in laps and going over little cars brings excitement and my boys cheer along.”

Among the favorite trucks for Kelly’s sons, Luke and Camden, is Grave Digger, a truck built around a 1957 Chevy Panel Truck emblazoned with green flames, spooky skulls and red headlights. At last year’s Monster Jam event, Worden bought a poster of the truck, which now hangs in her sons’ bedroom. 

“Seeing the excitement on their faces during the show means a lot,” said Worden, who uses money saved on tickets for souvenirs and concessions at the event. “It’s a way to spend time with the family.”

Other trucks on the Monster Jam circuit include:

  • Higher Education, made to look like a yellow school bus.
  • Monster Mutt Dalmatian, painted as a white dog with black spots and a snarling mouth.
  • Zombie, appearing like an undead creature, complete with outstretched arms coming out of the front of the truck. 

Each Monster Jam event includes daredevil acts like Cannon Lady, who is fired out of a giant cannon into a large net.

To access the employee discount for Monster Jam, visit the PERQS website. For more information about buying discount tickets, including group sales, contact Group Tickets Plus at (919) 510-0641 or email