The following is an industry press release from Feld Motor Sports...
Championship will once again thrill crowds in Minneapolis, Seattle and Salt Lake City
Feld Entertainment announced today the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule, which includes a long-awaited return to Minneapolis on February 18 making its debut at U.S. Bank Stadium. The 17-race championship also includes return visits to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on April 8 and Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 22. Tickets for the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season will go on sale Friday, October 21, 2016.
Monster Energy Supercross is a spectacle that stands alone in the world of motorsports. The most prestigious stadiums across North America are turned into modern-day coliseums where the most talented and fearless athletes on the planet do battle in a grueling 17-race pursuit of the most coveted title in the sport over the course of just 18 weeks.
The 2017 season will kick off on January 7 at the sport’s most hallowed grounds, Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The 69th race at the proverbial home of the Monster Energy Supercross, located in the racing hotbed of Southern California, will set the tone for what is sure to be an exceptional season of competition amongst an international field of the world’s most elite riders.
The anticipated return to Minneapolis, Seattle, and Salt Lake City will bring the visual and audible thrills of Monster Energy Supercross to three of the country’s most unique stadiums. The brand new, state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis is an architectural marvel, with a fixed, translucent roof and five glass wall panels that provide incredible views of the downtown skyline.
Seattle’s CenturyLink Field has become legendary for its acoustics, and when tens of thousands of raucous race fans converge inside the iconic stadium to welcome the return of the championship to the Pacific Northwest. With its mountainside placement perched high above downtown Salt Lake City, Rice-Eccles Stadium provides one of the most breathtaking settings for a Monster Energy Supercross race. The unique atmosphere of racing in one of the country’s most popular outdoor destinations makes it a favorite of riders and fans, alike.
“We eagerly anticipate the return to key markets like Minneapolis, Seattle and Salt Lake City that have such a strong legacy in Monster Energy Supercross, continuing the growth of the sport to more major markets where we can deliver a world-class fan experience live at the race, or via our broadcasts on FOX Sports,” stated Todd Jendro, Vice President, Tour Operations/Motor Sports, Feld Entertainment. “We also want to congratulate Ryan Dungey on his remarkable championship victory as we prepare for the season-ending celebration this weekend in Las Vegas.”
“I’m really looking forward to chasing my fourth 450SX Class title in 2017 and what could be three straight championships with Team Red Bull KTM,” said 2016 Monster Energy Supercross 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey. “It’s been a dream to achieve so much success together the last two seasons, and I’m ready for the challenge of another title run. It’s amazing to see Minneapolis back on the schedule. It’s my hometown race, and I have a lot of great memories there racing in front of the hometown crowd, including a win the last time we raced there in 2013. It’s been cool to watch the progression of U.S. Bank Stadium, and I can’t wait to bring Supercross into that state-of-the-art facility. It’ll be memorable, for sure.”
After the initial west coast run through California and Arizona, the championship returns to Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium), and Atlanta (Georgia Dome) prior to crossing the Canadian border into Toronto for a second consecutive year. The growing Midwest fan base will be entertained by races in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium), Detroit (Ford Field), and St. Louis (The Dome at America’s Center), while the demand for Monster Energy Supercross in the Northeast will bring the championship back to East Rutherford, N.J. (MetLife Stadium), before concluding at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on May 6.
“This past season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, once again delivered the greatest show in stadium motorsports as fans around America and the world witnessed Ryan Dungey once again claim the AMA No. 1 plate racing against world-class talent,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “As the country’s leading advocate for motorcyclists’ rights and the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world, the American Motorcyclist Association is proud of the opportunity AMA Supercross provides for some of our most talented members. As is the case each year, Feld Entertainment created a phenomenal showcase for the sport, and there is no doubt that the venues on the 2017 calendar will exceed fans’ and teams’ high expectations for another amazing season."
2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship Schedule
Date: Venue - City
Jan. 7: Angel Stadium - Anaheim, Calif.
Jan. 14: Petco Park - San Diego
Jan. 21: Angel Stadium - Anaheim, Calif.
Jan. 28: University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Ariz.
Feb. 4: O.co Coliseum - Oakland, Calif.
Feb. 11: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas
Feb. 18: U.S. Bank Stadium - Minneapolis
Feb. 25: Georgia Dome - Atlanta
March 4: Rogers Centre - Toronto
March 11**: Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 18: Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis
March 25: Ford Field - Detroit
April 1: The Dome at America’s Center - St. Louis
April 8: CenturyLink Field - Seattle
April 22: Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City
April 29: MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, N.J.
May 6: Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas
**Daytona is not a Feld Entertainment produced race