Monster Energy Supercross Returns to New Orleans
AURORA, Ill. - (March 19, 2012) - Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome April 14, 2012, where fans will enjoy the amenities of the recent $85 Million renovations to the venue. The last Monster Energy Supercross race was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 14, 2009, where 36,754 fans watched eventual Supercross Class champion James Stewart win his eighth race of the season.
Media day is Thursday, April 12, from Noon-2:00 p.m.
"The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is thrilled that Feld Motor Sports will be bringing Monster Energy Supercross back to New Orleans in 2012," said the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's General Manager Alan Freeman. "Supercross has not been at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 2009 and SMG management believes there is significant pent up demand to witness first-hand the high-octane energy of this event."
Following the devastation suffered from Hurricane Katrina, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has been reborn and is awaiting the arrival of Monster Energy Supercross.
"Mercedes-Benz Superdome officials also want fans to experience the many venue upgrades that have been completed over the past few years," added Freeman. "Fans will especially appreciate the completely reconfigured lower seating bowl which brings them much closer to the action on the event floor. They will also welcome the new seats, wider concourses, and additional concession stands and restrooms."
Supercross Class veteran and Louisiana native Kevin Windham, who enjoyed his 200th career start earlier in the season, is thrilled to be back racing in front of his hometown crowd.
"This is my 18th season of professional racing," said Windham. "I am old enough to realize my days are numbered. Every win I have had is memorable for me, but as time passes they become worth more and more. To get more wins, hopefully in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, would be the best yet! I am a huge fan of the Saints football team, and I love the Superdome, so whether it is football or supercross, here's to the Big Easy."
The first Supercross class race in New Orleans was held June 4, 1977, and Marty Smith won on a Honda. The first Supercross Lites class race in New Orleans was March 14, 1998 and Ricky Carmichael won on a Pro-Circuit Kawasaki. 2012 will be the 12th time the gates have dropped for a Monster Energy Supercross race in New Orleans.
CBS will broadcast the Supercross class race at 12:00pm EST on Sunday April 15, 2012.
Tickets are available at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, www.supercrossonline.com, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m., and the main event starts at 7:00 p.m. Gold Circle tickets are available for $50 Adult/Child; VIP $40 Adult/Child; Price Level 3 $30 Adult / $10 Child; Price Level 4 $25 Adult / $10 Child; Treadhead $10 Adult/Child. Fans can also get into the Pits for FREE from 12:30-6 p.m. Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium's Pit Entrance (valid only with event ticket).
Past Winners in New Orleans
March 14, 2009: James Stewart
March 16, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
March 3, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
April 15, 2000: David Vuillemin
April 17, 1999: Ezra Lusk
March 14, 1998: Kevin Windham
May 3, 1980: Mike Bell
May 4, 1980: Mark Barnett
June 2, 1979: Steve Wise
May 20, 1978: Bob Hannah
June 4, 1977: Marty Smith
Supercross Lites Class
March 14, 2009: Austin Stroupe
March 16, 2002: Chad Reed
March 3, 2001: Travis Pastrana
April 15, 2000: Stephane Roncada
April 17, 1999: Ernesto Fonseca
March 14, 1998: Ricky Carmichael
Tune into the enhanced exclusive weekly video content from Supercross LIVE! during the entire 2012 season on SupercrossOnline.com, the Official Website of Monster Energy Supercross.
Weekly Supercross LIVE! Video Content Schedule
Supercross LIVE! Pre-Show Race Days at 11 AM
Local Race Time
Behind the Scenes with Supercross LIVE! All Day on Race Days
2 Minutes on the Track Race Days at 3:30 & 5:30 PM Local Race Time
And on the Podium Tonight Following Each Round's Main Events
The Official Supercross LIVE! Post-Show Saturday Nights at Each Round
Toyota Tailgate Talk Wednesdays at 5 PM ET
After The Checkered Flag Thursdays at 5PM ET
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About Feld Motor
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