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Daredevil Nik Wallenda brings drive-in-style stunt show to Estero’s Hertz Arena

Daredevil acrobat Nik Wallenda is bringing his high-flying, stunt-driven show to Southwest Florida, but with a twist. This time, his show will take place drive-in style.

The stunts are death-defying: sky-high flips to the ground, motorcycles soaring through the area and Wallenda’s famous high wire walk.

Now, that nail-biting excitement of his daredevil team has rolled into the Hertz Arena parking lot.

“There is very little around the world as far as live entertainment,” Wallenda said. “When this virus hit, I was writing a book so it was a busy couple months and I completed that book and I looked to my wife and I said, ‘What can we do next?’ And I thought, well, it would be cool if we can put on a show but still keep people safe.”

Safe, as in you can watch it all from the comfort of your car.

“Even the parking spaces are checkerboard pattern so no side is side-by-side,” Wallenda said. “It’s safer than going to Publix, actually.”

Using cannons, motorcycles and acrobatic stunts, Wallenda packs his show with death-defying acts that will satisfy the thrill-seeker in you.

“The wire I’m walking here is 5/8ths of an inch — [the] size of a nickel,” Wallenda said. “We have the greatest human cannonball in history and Guinness world records, we have some of the best FMX riders who have competed in X Games championships, we have BMX riders same as well who won medals.”

Whether it’s crossing volcanoes, Niagara Falls or performing at Hertz Arena, Wallenda wants to teach people fear is just a four-letter word.

“I think so many people are held back by fear and the inspiration of, if Nik can make it from one side of the Grand Canyon to another on a wire that’s two inches for that wire, that I can make it through the challenge, we can all make it through this coronavirus situation together,” he said.

Now obviously, this isn’t Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon, so we asked Wallenda how he feels about performing at a setting like this. He said he actually prefers it because it gives him a chance to connect with the audience.

Wallenda’s Daredevil Rally takes place Thursday through Sunday with two performances each weekend. Tickets start at $20 per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Briana Harvath
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