Travis Pastrana Appeals to Annapolis Locals for Contested Show
Nitro Circus Live’s planned July 2017 show in Annapolis, Maryland, has met with some unexpected resistance. Local residents from the surrounding neighborhood have voiced concerns about the event and voted to prohibit Nitro from performing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, whose zoning permit includes a clause allowing the nearby neighborhood association to veto proposed events. What makes this an even bigger surprise: Annapolis is the hometown of Nitro Ringleader Travis Pastrana, who is now planning to go door to door with the city’s mayor to appeal to residents directly.
A poll posted on the Annapolis Capital Gazette’s website as of this publishing has 11,400 votes to let Nitro move forward with the planned show, compared with 1,300 votes against. If you have an opinion, please don’t hesitate to vote here.
These numbers aren’t surprising to us, of course. This is a first for Nitro Circus. We’ve performed in venues big and small all over the world for the better part of a decade. Those venues have been located in every type of place you can imagine, including many in residential neighborhoods. Now, obviously, many of the pro-Nitro votes on that poll are not from the people who live in the neighborhood immediately around that venue, and those are the people who need to be convinced (though we have received support from others in the Annapolis area and surrounding county). We think they’re just slightly misinformed about what to expect from a Nitro show and, more importantly, what Nitro is all about. Here are their primary concerns:
The production is designed to be loud
Heavy metal rock music is played throughout
Cannon blasting and unmuffled motorcycle engines create more noise
The show includes pyrotechnics
There’s loud commentary from a prominent public address system
Clearly, the main concern is about noise, which is easily addressed by pointing out that our show is not much different noise-wise than any sporting event. This list isn’t accurate in the context of the entire show. There are brief moments with some of the elements described, but the entire show is within a more-than-acceptable noise range. In fact, tests we’ve had conducted to address noise restrictions in previous venues have shown that our show is less noisy than many other athletic events, including football games, which Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium regularly hosts. And even if noise were a potential issue, the proposed show time is a Sunday afternoon — not late into the night.
Most of all, we want to make sure that this community understands what we’re all about before they write us off fully. One official was quoted as saying, “The majority of events held at the stadium are community-related and beneficial to the community.” Ouch! Nitro Circus Live is a show for the whole family that’s exciting and original — the best athletes in the world performing feats you won’t see anywhere else. But more than that, Nitro Circus is about positivity: the idea that anything is possible if you work hard enough. We’re about inspiration: overcoming obstacles when everything feels stacked against you. We’re about giving back to the fans that allow us to continue to do what we do. More concretely, we support many people and causes in communities around the world. Travis said it best in a recent Facebook post:
Adding to all of this, of course, is the fact that this is Travis’ hometown. He lives outside of Annapolis to this day and counts the community as his hometown crowd. Because this is all clearly a case of some inaccurate information being spread, Travis plans to go door to door in the surrounding neighborhood with Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides to personally talk with residents about the show and make sure that those who would be most affected by it are fully informed. Mayor Pantelides says that the city’s February council meeting may also be dedicated to the ongoing discussion. We hope to win over the neighborhood by then, and if anyone can do that, it’s Travis. Stay tuned for more as this story unfolds, and don’t forget to hit the poll to weigh in.