MEC moving from Vegas to SoCal (Carson)

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1/3/2020 2:06 PM

I wasn't expecting that announcement, but speaking as a SoCal resident, I'm stoked on it!

I think the venue Dignity Heath Center (aka Home Depot / StubHub center) is a good fit for this event– not big enough for a "real" Supercross, but perfect for MEC

The floor area of the venue is probably a bit bigger than Sam Boyd since it was built for soccer (?) I know I've seen a few X Games Freestyle events there and I think RC won an X Games motocross event there too. That venue hosted X Games freestyle events, SuperMoto, motocross, Rally car, etc a lot back in the mid 2000s

I hope this change sticks!

photo of X Games supercross at HD Center in 2009:

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1/3/2020 2:07 PM

Honestly, I think this is the beginning of the end of MEC.

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1/3/2020 2:10 PM

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Honestly, I think this is the beginning of the end of MEC.

That was the joker lane.

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1/3/2020 2:19 PM

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Honestly, I think this is the beginning of the end of MEC.

I think the beginning of the end of MEC started years ago and this change of venue could give it a boost

I know I used to drive to Vegas for it, but in recent years I've been like "Meh" not worth the trouble of driving all the way there, getting a room, etc

But now that it's a local race like Anaheim, and will only eat up a few hours of my time rather than 2 full days, I'm all about it.

I'd imagine there are a LOT more SX fans within a couple hrs drive to Carson than there are in Vegas, and that will help sustain the event. Also, most of the teams and OEMs are local to Carson too, so maybe more riders will show? Maybe?

I think it's a good move

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1/3/2020 2:21 PM

Have they announced a date for MEC yet?

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1/3/2020 2:23 PM

Tony922 wrote:

Have they announced a date for MEC yet?

Same weekend as the MXoN. wink

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1/3/2020 2:23 PM

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Honestly, I think this is the beginning of the end of MEC.

early wrote:

That was the joker lane.

Joker lane has been around for the majority of its existence

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1/3/2020 2:25 PM

I would imagine they are moving the event because Sam Boyd Stadium will be undergoing renovations (hence why its the second to the last SX round this year). It'll probably be back in Vegas the next year

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1/3/2020 2:25 PM

Maybe time to up the stakes... million for the Winner and 3 million for the sweep?! Oh wait Feld would actually have to give up some profit for that!

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1/3/2020 2:26 PM

Tony922 wrote:

Have they announced a date for MEC yet?

Saturday, October 10, 2020
tix on sale tomorrow

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1/3/2020 2:27 PM

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Honestly, I think this is the beginning of the end of MEC.

early wrote:

That was the joker lane.

Derpin' DJ wrote:

Joker lane has been around for the majority of its existence

The joker lane was introduced in year 2, after Villopoto won the million.

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1/3/2020 2:27 PM

Derpin' DJ wrote:

Joker lane has been around for the majority of its existence

It's always been a stupid gimmick that didn't add much to the racing unless a guy forgot to take it.

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1/3/2020 2:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/3/2020 2:33 PM

BroFoSho wrote:

I would imagine they are moving the event because Sam Boyd Stadium will be undergoing renovations (hence why its the second to the last SX round this year). It'll probably be back in Vegas the next year

Really? That's news to me... UNLV football is gonna play at the new Raiders stadium, and last I heard they were still trying to figure out what to do with the Sam Boyd Stadium property, and were even considering demolition

https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/unlv/unlv-football/sam-boyd-stadiums-future-in-question-as-unlv-leaves-1898486/

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1/3/2020 2:42 PM

BroFoSho wrote:

I would imagine they are moving the event because Sam Boyd Stadium will be undergoing renovations (hence why its the second to the last SX round this year). It'll probably be back in Vegas the next year

Kampy wrote:

Really? That's news to me... UNLV football is gonna play at the new Raiders stadium, and last I heard they were still trying to figure out what to do with the Sam Boyd Stadium property, and were even considering demolition

https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/unlv/unlv-football/sam-boyd-stadiums-future-in-question-as-unlv-leaves-1898486/

Sorry should have clarified. You are correct.

It could be renovations to keep it going for something. Could be demo, who knows. But I suspect the uncertainty of Sam Boyd is why the Monster Cup has also moved

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1/3/2020 2:50 PM

BroFoSho wrote:

I would imagine they are moving the event because Sam Boyd Stadium will be undergoing renovations (hence why its the second to the last SX round this year). It'll probably be back in Vegas the next year

Kampy wrote:

Really? That's news to me... UNLV football is gonna play at the new Raiders stadium, and last I heard they were still trying to figure out what to do with the Sam Boyd Stadium property, and were even considering demolition

https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/unlv/unlv-football/sam-boyd-stadiums-future-in-question-as-unlv-leaves-1898486/

BroFoSho wrote:

Sorry should have clarified. You are correct.

It could be renovations to keep it going for something. Could be demo, who knows. But I suspect the uncertainty of Sam Boyd is why the Monster Cup has also moved

It isn't uncertainty, it's a contractual thing. Sam Boyd can't be used for anything, really.

From Wiki:

"The last event at Sam Boyd Stadium is scheduled to be a Monster Energy Supercross race on April 25, 2020. UNLV’s contract with Allegiant Stadium prohibits any events from taking place at the stadium after June 30, 2020, leaving the stadium dormant after that date. The exact future of the stadium remains up in the air, as UNLV officials are considering selling it or demolishing it.[15] "

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1/3/2020 3:19 PM

Where can we read details about this?

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1/3/2020 3:41 PM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Where can we read details about this?

about moving MEC to SoCal? Well Dave Prater just announced it at the very end of the press conference, which just ended like an hour ago, so there probably aren't any articles written yet...

He didn't say much other than announcing the date (10/10/20) and venue (Dignity Health Park) and that tix go on sale tomorrow

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1/3/2020 3:48 PM

new venue has about 10K fewer seats than Sam Boyd, but that's probably a good thing. There were a lot of empty seats at MEC 2019

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1/3/2020 10:07 PM

Tony922 wrote:

Have they announced a date for MEC yet?

ATKpilot99 wrote:

Same weekend as the MXoN. wink

I thought MdN’s was on the 27 September.
But even so it would have been smart to move the MEC to later in the year....

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1/3/2020 11:31 PM

I go to MEC because it’s in VEGAS! SoCal is going to BLOW.

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1/3/2020 11:44 PM

2020 Monster Energy Cup
OCT10 7:00 PM

Tickets start at $30

Dignity Health Sports Park
18400 S. Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA

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1/4/2020 5:38 AM

early wrote:

It's always been a stupid gimmick that didn't add much to the racing unless a guy forgot to take it.

I like it. Thought it was pretty cool this year how the last lap played out. Definitely added more excitement than there already was with that battle up front.

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1/4/2020 6:01 AM

If they were smart, try and have it in the Los Angeles Coliseum, work around USC football schedule.
or have it next door at Banc of California Stadium.
The history of the Coliseum, the first ever Supercross race!

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1/4/2020 6:03 AM

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1/4/2020 7:04 AM

I wonder if they are moving it here because they will hold races at the new Rams stadium near LAX. Get the audience ready for Supercross?

Me being selfish, I’m excited, but it’s because I live close. devil

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1/4/2020 8:07 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

I wonder if they are moving it here because they will hold races at the new Rams stadium near LAX. Get the audience ready for Supercross?

Me being selfish, I’m excited, but it’s because I live close. devil

It’s because sam Boyd stadium is closing and they can’t fill the new raiders stadium, plain and simple. It’s all about the numbers, smaller venue makes it easier to fill .

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1/4/2020 8:12 AM

California used to be the State for Fun and Sun now it seems like it has to many rules and regulations for the average mxer

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1/4/2020 8:20 AM

Cause Carson has so much more appeal than Vegas, what a joke!

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1/4/2020 8:24 AM

therealhammer wrote:

It’s because sam Boyd stadium is closing and they can’t fill the new raiders stadium, plain and simple. It’s all about the numbers, smaller venue makes it easier to fill .

I think it’s more about the new Raiders stadium will be used by both the Raiders and UNLV and there just aren’t any available weekends...

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1/4/2020 8:57 AM

It’s an interesting move. Location and date have me curious...

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