Daily Herald-Tribune


Death-defying stunts and mind-blowing tricks will be on display at Evergreen Park’s Gordon Badger Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016. 


Earlier this week, Grande Prairie was named a stop on Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live 2016 North American Tour. 


It’s the first time the show, which has sold out legendary arenas such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 in London, is coming to the area.


The 2016 tour marks first-time stops for the renowned show. In addition to Grande Prairie, other first-time stops include also the Calgary Stampede, Lloydminster, Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat and Prince George. 


“We have never seen anything like this in the Peace Country before,” said Crystal Lawrence,  facility sales manager at Evergreen Park, who has been working with the Nitro Circus group for the past few months. 


“It appeals to all ages and will no doubt draw spectators from across the Peace Country and beyond. Grande Prairie is very fortunate to be able to host a first class show like Nitro Circus.”


Thirty of the best athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX and more, including Canada’s own Jolene Van Vugt, are expected to perform. 


Riders will also compete on “ridiculous contraptions and anything else imaginable with wheels, launching 50-feet into the air for a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before”, noted a tour press release.


“Highlights include the most incredible choreographed riding routines ever seen. The famous “Nitro Bomb” features multiple athletes flipping simultaneously, while during unbelievable FMX trained riders slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, mere inches apart,” the release added.


Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director, said the Swan City and its businesses will see a positive economic impact. 


“Hotels, restaurants, bars and practically every other business in Grande Prairie will benefit from having Nitro Circus Live in town,”said Porra. 


“Through audience research we’ve seen that fans are blown away, saying it’s the most exciting show they’ve ever seen. We’re thrilled to bring an event that has sold out huge stadiums across the globe to these new cities.”


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