Monster Energy Supercross Teams With Utah Sports Commission for Long-Awaited Return to Salt Lake City

Date marks the first visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium since 2013

ELLENTON, Fla. (November 1, 2016) – Feld Entertainment® announced today they are excited to partner with the Utah Sports Commission to bring Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship back to Salt Lake City on April 22, 2017 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The world’s premier off-road motorcycle championship, an American original, will kick-off a 17-race battle to crown a champion on January 7, in which reigning back-to-back champion Ryan Dungey will take on the formidable task of securing a third consecutive title against a star-studded international field of challengers.

Utah is widely known as an epicenter for action sports and provides the perfect backdrop for Monster Energy Supercross. The Utah Sports Commission plays a vital role in the Utah sports community and has been working diligently with Feld Entertainment to bring Supercross back to the state.

Monster Energy Supercross in Salt Lake City Utah
The Gate Drop is one of the most exciting aspects of Monster Energy Supercross and the long straight start designed for Rice-Eccles Stadium will allow for top speed going into the first turn
Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment and Kawasaki

“We are pleased that one of the premier motorsport properties in the world is returning to Utah,” said Utah Sports Commission President & CEO Jeff Robbins.  “In addition to Supercross’ national following of the series, Utah has a huge fan base and we anticipate 40,000 to fill Rice-Eccles Stadium for the event.  This event brings significant economic impact to the state and its national and international broadcast is great exposure for Utah.”

Supercross fans in Salt Lake City have witnessed some of the most memorable races in history over the years including a snow storm in 2010 and Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto clinching his third title back in 2013.

The one-of-a-kind, custom-designed racetrack planned for Rice-Eccles Stadium will challenge the world’s most elite and talented riders while also providing optimum competition for spectator viewing. Fans can expect an epic night of racing continuing in the Salt Lake City tradition of creating memorable moments.

The Rice-Eccles Stadium date will mark the fifteenth round of the Supercross Championship and will also serve as the penultimate round of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship. Once this race is concluded, the final Western Regional Champion will be decided in Las Vegas at the Monster Energy Supercross World Finals.

 

For more than 40 years Monster Energy Supercross has thrilled audiences of all ages, continually positioned as one of the fastest growing sports. Nearly one million fans fill the seats of North America’s most well-known stadiums annually; while millions more from around the world watch the action unfold via international live streams and an exclusive broadcast partnership with FOX Sports. Fans are captivated by the spectacle of Monster Energy Supercross, the preeminent showcase for these talented and fearless world-class athletes doing battle in the most physically and mentally demanding sport. Competitors from over nine different countries have chased their Supercross dream to the U.S. for 2017, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of victory and putting in countless hours both in the gym and on the motorcycle for the chance to be called the best in the world.

 

Monster Energy Supercross is part aerial excitement and part high-speed chase, with riders launching 225-pound motorcycles upwards of 30 feet in the air at heart-pounding speeds. Competitors toe the line of control and chaos, with All-American superstar Dungey destined to continue his gripping rivalry with German sensation Ken Roczen, while hotshot Eli Tomac looms just behind them in his continued ascension to the top. In the ultimate battle of man and machine, only one rider will be rewarded for pushing his body and his bike to the absolute limit, basking in the glory of a championship.

 

At the pre-race Pit Party fans are fully immersed into the world of Monster Energy Supercross, given unprecedented access to the athletes, teams, and supporting sponsors. Annually, more than 350,000 attendees converge at this festival-like, behind-the-scenes complement to the on-track excitement, with exclusive opportunities to meet the riders, see the bikes up close, hang with the Monster Energy Girls, and share memories on social media for an unparalleled fan experience.

 

The entire 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship will air live on FOX Sports, including two races on the FOX broadcast channel. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race.

Tickets are now on sale at the Rice-Eccles Stadium Ticket Office.

Fans are encouraged to sign up for the official Monster Energy Newsletter via www.SupercrossLive.com for up to date ticket information and promotional offers.

 

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For all media requests, please contact Sean Brennen at sbrennen@feldinc.com (703-448-3664.)

 

About Feld Entertainment:

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online atwww.feldentertainment.com.

 

About Utah Sports Commission:

The Utah Sports Commission, a not-for-profit 501c6 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com

 

About the American Motorcyclist Association:

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today:www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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