AMA Supercross Presented by Speed Stick, themotor sports series rated second in popularity only to NASCAR, announcedtoday a season attendance record in the sport’s 28-year history – aremarkable 792,909 fans attended the 16-city tour, averaging 49,556 perevent. AMA Supercross events take place at Major League Baseball andNational Football League stadiums throughout the country. The 2002 seriesproduced six sold-out events in Anaheim (three stops), San Diego, Atlanta,and Las Vegas.
In 17 years, the sport’s attendance has increased by more than 205%, duelargely to the success and showmanship of seven-time champion JeremyMcGrath, who continues to increase his profile among mainstream Americathrough advertisements, endorsements and media exposure. In addition toMcGrath, budding stars like Ricky Carmichael and Travis Pastrana havecontributed to further enhancing the sport’s image. Within the last sevenyears, more 227,859 new fans attended AMA Supercross events.
“This year’s success cannot be attributed to one single element,” saidCharlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports.”The fan support, the teams, the stadiums, innovations in the live eventexperience and ultimately the industry have collectively elevated this sportto an unprecedented level.”