FIGHTING THE CROWD
I was most nervous about getting into Sam Boyd
Stadium for the night program. Normally I’m shooting
Supercross races, so I bypass the long lines with my
press credentials and use a service elevator to quickly
get to the top of the stadium. In Las Vegas I walked
with the crowd, making sure not to get trampled. The
Vegas faithful were supercharged. They had bottled
up several months worth of excitement, spewing out
of hoarse voices as they hooted and hollered like hyenas at the gates. It was pandemonium.
Tip: Get through the stadium entrance as early as
possible. Don’t wait until half an hour before show
time. Not only will you beat the traffic, but you’ll get
first crack at buying overpriced food and beverages.
After that you can leisurely find your seats and take
in the sights and sounds of Supercross while stuffing
your face with lukewarm pizza and a $3 bottle of
water. Plan on spending upwards of $50 to feed a
family of four (and don’t forget candy for the kids!).
Dealing with massive crowds is part
of the deal when strolling the pits. Do
yourself a favor and seek out the
lesser-known racers. They’re often
happy to sign a T-shirt or take a
The flood of people entering the
stadium can be overwhelming. Be
sure to find your seat early.