Action sports extravaganza coming to Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH — The circus is coming to town.

But it’s nothing like your parents’ circus.

The Nitro Circus Next Level Tour will invade Virginia Beach on June 16 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The brainchild of action sports legend and X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus got its footing by selling DVDs of tricks and stunts, before being picked up by MTV and becoming a regular show on the network.

The Next Level Tour features the sights, sounds, and smells of bikes and dirt bikes flying high through the air from ramp to ramp.

“About six months ago they reached out to us about bringing their tour to this market,” said Chuck Thornton, managing partner of Hometown Sports Management, which operates the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. “There are a tremendous amount of bike and outdoor enthusiasts in this market and we think this will be one of our most positive events.”

Thornton said the tour will cover the football field with a mat system and erect ramps on top of it.

The company will also add some temporary seating on the ground level, which will bring the total number of seats available for the show to about 9,000.

Some standing room only tickets will also be sold.

“I think the second level seating will be fantastic,” Thornton said. “But there won’t be a bad seat in the place. We’ll be right on top of the action.”

He expects the show to sell out and recommends getting tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are only available through Ticketmaster.

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