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Monster trucks roll into Syracuse in March

The Carrier Dome will be transformed into a coliseum of roaring engines and flying dirt March 12 when the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam rolls into Syracuse.

The event includes a pre-show pit party from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. where fans can meet drivers and get autographs, take photos with the trucks and participate in other family-friendly events.

The fun continues at 7 p.m. when the trucks take center stage to compete in racing and freestyle events. Fourteen trucks and drivers are on the roster for the Syracuse show, including the popular Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson.

Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

Tickets range from $10 for children and from $15 to $50 for adults. Discount coupons are available at Advance Auto Parts locations through March 11. Admission cost includes access to the Pit Party.

Tickets are available at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome Box Office , all Ticketmaster Outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Discount admission is available through the Syracuse Police D.A.R.E. program for $14, which includes a regular-price seat, admission to the Pit Party and souvenir book. To purchase tickets through D.A.R.E. and help support the program, call 442-5216.

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