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: