Live Nation announces 2009 SX schedule

New events added in New Orleans, Jacksonville and Salt Lake City

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 24, 2008
Three cities have been added to the 2009 AMA Supercross schedule, bringing the series to 17 races.

New Orleans, La., Jacksonville, Fla. and Salt Lake City, Utah are the new cities included on the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule released by series promoter Live Nation Motor Sports.

In addition, Live Nation announced that the 2009 stop at Indianapolis, Ind. will take place at the new Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 21, moving from the RCA Dome. The new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, the Lucas Oil Stadium seats an additional 5,000 seats compared to the RCA Dome and features a retractable roof.

New Orleans’ Superdome last hosted a Supercross event in 2002. Three years later, the city was hit by Hurricane Katrina, flooding much of the city and forcing many citizens out of The Big Easy. Since then, the city continues to recover as homes are rebuilt, families are reunited and businesses return. In a show of support for the rebuilding community, AMA Supercross will return to New Orleans March 14, 2009 at the refurbished Louisiana Superdome. In February, 60,217 fans attended the Live Nation-run Monster Jam, the first motorsports event at the Louisiana Superdome since 2005, and with a spot on the 2009 Supercross schedule, New Orleans has yet another premier event to help promote the city’s recovery.

“The resilience that the city of New Orleans has shown over the past few years is amazing, and we are elated to bring Monster Energy Supercross back to the Superdome,” says Charlie Mancuso, president of Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc.

On April 4, 2009, the Supercross tour will make a stop at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The site of Super Bowl XXXIX, the stadium also recently hosted a Monster Jam event, drawing a record 70,611 fans. Live Nation decided to add Jacksonville to the tour after seeing the popularity of Supercross in the southeast. The regular stop at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta draws crowds of over 70,000 people.

“Year in and year out, the Georgia Dome has been one of the schedule’s premier races, and we expect the addition of Jacksonville to follow suit,” says Mancuso.

On April 25, AMA Supercross will stop at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The site of the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Rice-Eccles Stadium last hosted an AMA Supercross event in 2004.

“Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the preeminent Supercross championship on the planet,” says Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “For 2009, the AMA is very proud to, once again, partner with Live Nation Motor Sports to showcase the international stars, teams and stadiums that make this championship the most exciting, best-attended and widely viewed competition of its kind anywhere in the world.”

Here’s the full 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule:

  • January 3, 2009 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
  • January 10, 2009 Phoenix Chase Field
  • January 17, 2009 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
  • January 24, 2009 Houston Reliant Stadium
  • January 31, 2009 San Francisco AT&T Park
  • February 7, 2009 Anaheim, Calif. Angel Stadium
  • February 14, 2009 San Diego Qualcomm Stadium
  • February 21, 2009 Atlanta Georgia Dome
  • February 28, 2009 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium
  • March 6, 2009 Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Motor Speedway
  • March 14, 2009 New Orleans Superdome
  • March 21, 2009 St. Louis Edward Jones Dome
  • March 28, 2009 Toronto, Canada Rogers Centre
  • April 4, 2009 Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
  • April 18, 2009 Seattle Qwest Field
  • April 25, 2009 Salt Lake City Rice-Eccles Field
  • May 2, 2009 Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium