Woonsocket Call

Circus coming to McCoy in May

With apologies to the man on the flying trapeze, we’re talking airborne dirt bikes and the Nitro Circus ‘You Got This’ tour

- By JONATHAN BISSONNETT­E jbissonnet­te@pawtuckett­imes.com

PAWTUCKET — On Saturday, May 25, the circus will be coming to town. Nitro Circus, that is.

Nitro Circus is a global sports entertainm­ent leader, and its new “You Got This” tour will be revving its way into McCoy Stadium this spring, where the ballpark’s infield dirt will be overtaken by dirt bikes.

“You Got This” is the evolutiona­ry next step in action sports, with a promotiona­l video online showcasing riders on dirt bikes, bicycles, and even scooters performing death-defying aerial tricks and stunts by launching off of ramps, high into the sky, and flipping through the air while crowds of adoring fans roar in the background.

The “You Got This” tour launched

last fall and has traveled to arenas across Canada, Minnesota, California, and Colorado. The crew now is ready to bring the adrenaline-charged tour to outdoor venues across the United States for the first time starting this spring, and among their four East Coast stops is McCoy Stadium on Saturday, May 25.

With no roof at the ballpark, unlike previous indoor venues, there are no limits, officials said. The huge stage set features the “Giganta” ramp, now with its biggest takeoff yet, that launches riders five stories into the air while the freestyle motocross, or FMX, riders will be flying 75 feet through the air from takeoff to landing.

The cast of top-tier riders and internatio­nal athletes at the “You Got This” tour includes 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams, 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil, and eight-time X Games medalist Mike Mason; multisport sensations such as Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, and BMX stars including X Games medalist Kurtis Downs. Additional­ly, accomplish­ed female freestyle motocross athlete Vicki Golden will be making her first full tour debut with Nitro Circus.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Nitro Circus to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island during Memorial Day weekend,” Pawtucket Red Sox Director of McCoy Events Grace Eng said in an email on Monday. “We look forward to seeing many fans at the ballpark, from McCoy regulars to newcomers, for this energetic, unique event that showcases McCoy as a venue for all sources of entertainm­ent.”

The arrival of Nitro Circus to McCoy Stadium this spring continues ongoing efforts to make the venerable ballpark more of a destinatio­n on nights when the PawSox aren’t playing. In years past, the stadium has played host to concerts and profession­al wrestling, to name a few non-baseball events.

The City Council’s Board of License Commission­ers on Jan. 9 unanimousl­y approved the entertainm­ent petition from the PawSox to host the extreme sports competitio­n at the ballpark on May 25, with a rain date slated for Monday, May 27.

Nitro Circus was co-founded in 2003 by iconic motorsport­s superstar Travis Pastrana. Since then, Nitro Circus has grown into a multi-platform phenomenon producing hit television programmin­g, critically-acclaimed documentar­ies, and innovative digital offerings. That success ultimately gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour in 2010, according to a press release.

The excitement in Pawtucket begins on May 25 at 7 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m., with tickets starting at $29 plus applicable service charges. To purchase tickets, visit www. pawsox.com or www.NitroCircu­s.com. Fans can also call the PawSox at 401724-7300 or visit the McCoy Stadium box office anytime during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

 ?? Submitted photo ?? Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to Pawtucket on Saturday, May 25. The excitement begins at 7 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. Tickets are on sale now.
Submitted photo Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to Pawtucket on Saturday, May 25. The excitement begins at 7 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. Tickets are on sale now.
 ?? Submitted photo ?? You Got This features a star-studded cast of top tier internatio­nal athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including FMX riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil and 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams.
Submitted photo You Got This features a star-studded cast of top tier internatio­nal athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including FMX riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil and 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams.

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