The Entertainment and Sports Arena received a true endurance test Saturday night as it played host to the U. S. Hot Rod Monster Jam. During the event, one of the competing trucks lost control and caused some damage to a section of dasher boards and approximately 30 seats in sections 101 and 102.
“One of the trucks jumped the cars and its momentum carried it up onto the dasher boards,” said Davin Olsen, Vice-President and General Manager of the ESA. “The truck behind it followed its lead and ended up compounding the damage.”
No spectators were injured in the accident as the first eight rows behind the dasher boards were not sold for the event and covered with plastic tarpaulins. The damaged boards and seats were replaced by reserves the Arena kept on hand for emergencies. Even the advertisements along the boards were replaced by gametime.
The Arena’s changeover and maintenance crews had already planned for a long night before the accident. In the 14 hours between events – the Monster Jam event ended close to 11 p.m. and the Hurricanes hosted the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at 1:30 p.m. Sunday -- Arena crews were already charged with removing approximately 875 tons of dirt from the Arena floor.
“We have extra stuff,” said Olsen. “The seats are temporary seats but they’re just fine.
“Luckily, we have (Building Superintendent) Donnie MacMillian,” said Olsen.
The burden for replacing the damaged boards and seats lies with the promoters of the Monster Jam event.