PARTY IN THE PITS
The casual fan strolls into the stadium before the opening
ceremonies at 7 pm. I wanted to be with the diehards, so I dove
into the Monster Energy “Party in the Pits,” which kicked off at
12: 30 pm. There was an abundance of sunburned skin,
tattoos, bleached-blond hair and empty energy-drink cans scattered
throughout the premises. The pits had a carnival feel to it, with
overpriced hot dog stands and festivities going on everywhere. On
my right, BMX riders were jumping into a foam pit. On my left,
Monster girls were haughtily shaking to the beat spun by a tone-deaf DJ. Straight ahead was a 100-person line for the Port-a-pottys.
Above, the unrelenting Nevada sun heated up the tarmac. The
atmosphere was like an overdose of caffeine mixed with ear-shattering music beats, guys in T-shirts and girls in half T-shirts.
Tip: Keep your children close. The Party in the Pits is meant to
be fun and enjoyable for all, but it can attract the rambunctious
types. Also, be sure to eat lunch before walking through the gate,
as it will save you an arm and a leg. Pit vendors charge a hefty fee
for food. And if you want to buy race memorabilia, then I suggest
that you visit the merchandise tent first. T-shirts sell out quickly.
The Party in the Pits has a
carnival atmosphere and is a great
way for fans to immerse themselves in
Supercross. It is, however, not for the
faint of heart.