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Mos Espa Grand Arena

Boonta Eve Starting Point

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On the outskirts of Mos Espa was an immense venue for watching the popular Boonta Eve Classic Podrace. Over one hundred thousands beings filled the Mos Espa Grand Arena to capacity during the annual event. They filed into the grandstand seats, crowded into broad viewing platforms or clustered into the upper tiers to catch a glimpse of the high-speed spectacle. For a modest fee, spectators could rent hand-held viewscreens which displayed images recorded by fast-flying Podrace holocams tracking the race. The wealthier of Mos Espa's residents and guests could afford private viewing boxes separated from the rest of the rabble. From a distance, the arena's seats looked to be a flowing tapestry of color, as race-fans from all throughout the Outer Rim Territories congregated. Alien food vendors roamed the crowds, offering exotic wares, bands both amateur and professional tootled race themes and popular melodies to cheer on their favored pilots, fans brandished flags bearing their racer's emblems.

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Appearances
  1. Episode I
Homeworld
Tatooine
Affiliation
Boonta Eve Podracers

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Watto

Watto

The Toydarian junk-merchant Watto hosted viewing parties for his friends and gambling partners.

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Jabba the Hutt

Jabba the Hutt

The most opulent of viewing boxes was reserved for the ruling Hutts, particularly Jabba the Hutt, who hosted the Boonta Eve Classic.

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Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker

During the events precipitating the Battle of Naboo, young Anakin Skywalker participated in a fateful Boonta Eve Classic race. Sponsored by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin entered his custom-built Podracer into the cutthroat competition. The fickle crowds cheered the "local boy" during the opening ceremonies, but jeered and his occasional missteps.

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Sebulba

Sebulba

The odds favored the scheming Sebulba as a victor of the Boonta Eve Classic. His arrival at the arena was met with the biggest ovation from throngs of enthusiastic fans. It was a stunning upset for the longstanding Dug champion.

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Fode and Beed

Fode and Beed

The play-by-play, bump-by-bump, crash-by-crash commentary for the Boonta Eve Podrace was provided by a two-headed announcer, Fode and Beed, who broadcast from a special turret-shaped booth in the arena.

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