Annual concert features new location, format

March-April 2020

Mark Schremmer


The 49th edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show will be packed with more than 800 exhibitors, educational seminars and entertainment.

MATS will be March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

The Kentucky Expo Center offers more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space to give truckers an opportunity to learn about the industry’s newest products from big to small. Some of the more than 800 exhibitors that had signed on by early February included Kenworth and Peterbilt.

More than 72,000 people attended the 2019 installment of MATS, which touts itself as “the most comprehensive trucking event.”

In addition to offering information about new products, MATS also provides opportunities to learn about trucking regulations and tips on how to run your trucking business more efficiently. As of press time, MATS organizers said a schedule hadn’t been finalized but seminars would be conducted by FMCSA and OOIDA, as well as others involved in the trucking industry.


On Thursday, March 26, OOIDA will provide a government roundtable discussion for its members. The seminar will be from 10-11 a.m. in room C-104 for members only. It will be hosted by members of OOIDA’s Government Affairs Team as well as OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh.

One of the topics to be included in the discussion is the EPA’s Cleaner Trucks Initiative as OOIDA has fielded lots of questions and concerns about the proposal. A representative of EPA will serve as a special guest at the round table to answer questions.

On Friday, March 27, OOIDA will host a Shift Into Success program from 3-4 p.m. in room B-104. The one-hour class, which will be taught by Pugh and Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation, will focus on how to develop a business plan. The class is free and open to everyone.

The Association will have two booths at the 2020 show. Just like last year, OOIDA will be in Booth 11128 in the North Wing and Booth 65229 in the West Wing. You can catch OOIDA’s tour truck at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship in Lot J behind the West Wing.

It will cost only $35 to join or renew your OOIDA membership at MATS.

Changes to concert format

Traditionally, the Friday night of the show features a concert. That will again be the case at the 2020 show, but the concert will have a new location and format.

This year, your MATS attendee badge will serve as a ticket for the concert, which will now be offsite at Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville. Fourth Street Live is a 350,000-square foot entertainment and retail complex located on Fourth Street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Shuttles will be available at the Expo Center to transport attendees to Fourth Street Live and back, courtesy of Howe’s Lubricator.

As of press time, the concert performers had not been announced.

Show hours and registration

On March 26, there will be a VIP session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with doors open to the public from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On March 27, the doors will open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And on March 28, the show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kentucky Expo Center is at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville.

If you registered by Feb. 25, it was free. If you waited, it will cost $10 to attend, and you will have to wait in line for your badge to be printed.


Tractor-trailer parking at the Kentucky Expo Center is $30 daily, and spots with hook-ups are available for $50 per day. Spots with hook-ups must be reserved by calling 502-367-5380. If you’re in your personal vehicle, it will cost you $10 to park each day.

Offsite overnight parking is available for free at Cardinal Stadium, 4800 S. Floyd St. Shuttle buses to and from the Kentucky Expo Center also are provided for anyone parking at the stadium.

For more information about the 2020 edition of MATS, go to LL

Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, senior editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and more than two decades of journalism experience to our staff.