The AMA Pro Motocross national championship series makes its annual visit to Spring Creek MX Park near Millville this week.
The races are set for Saturday, with gates opening at 6 a.m. and practice sessions and pro-race qualifiers beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Tickets are available at SpringCreekMX.com. According to a post on Spring Creek’s Facebook page, fans are encouraged to buy tickets and camping permits online, as they are limited.
Here are seven things to know before heading to Millville:
WHAT COVID-19 POLICIES ARE BEING ENFORCED?
For starters, the pro pits will be closed this year (no pit passes will be sold) and limited VIP seating is being sold in the Comfort Zone VIP building. Spectators with Comfort Zone passes will have their temperature checked prior to entering the building and are required to wear a mask.
Two VIP buildings -- the Super View VIP and Top Dog VIP buildings -- will be closed this year. There is also no Media Day this year. Media Day is traditionally held on Thursday of race week and gives local media a chance to talk with top riders.
Race promoters are asking that fans social distance themselves (stay 6 feet apart) from other spectators in the seating areas, as much as possible.
To purchase tickets or for more information about race day procedures, visit the track’s website, SpringCreekMX.com.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Simple. One way in, one way out. From Rochester, take U.S. Highway 63 north to Zumbro Falls, turn right (east) on Minnesota Highway 60 for 8.7 miles. From the north, take U.S. 52 to Zumbrota, turn left (east) on Highway 60 for 21 miles.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, comfortable clothing, blanket or camp chair, and your loud voice. And don’t forget a mask for when walking or stopping in crowded areas.
WHERE DO I PARK?
This is where the "good walking shoes" thing comes in. Free parking is available in the fields to the north and northwest of the track. According to the Spring Creek website, premier parking is available for $10 (cash only) in the lot closest to the entry gates. Parking in the general and overflow lots is free, as is motorcycle parking. Get there early to reduce your hike to the track. And get there early. Also, arrive early.
WHAT PART OF THE TRACK SHOULD I WATCH?
The beauty of Spring Creek and the pro motocross series is that it's a huge sporting event, but it's not like other pro sports. Fans are free to settle down in one spot for the day or get up and move around the track. Some of the fan favorites to watch are Mount Martin, a giant hill climb and descent on the west side of the track; Spring Creek's famous sand whoops (rollers) on the far northwest corner of the track; or, as hometown favorite Jeremy Martin told us a few years ago, "Bikini Hill, near the finish line, where you can see most of the track, the start and the finish."
TICKETS! I NEED TICKETS!
With tickets being somewhat limited this year, visit SpringCreekMX.com ASAP to get yours. General admission tickets for Saturday are $51 for adults (ages 12-and-older) and $26 for children ages 6-to-11. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free.
HOW CAN I WATCH?
The first 250 class moto will air live on MavTV at 1 p.m., followed by the first 450 class moto at 2 p.m. The second motos in each division will be streamed live on the NBCSports.com/Gold at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The second motos will also be replayed at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC Sports Network.