Sat 5/6 @ 6PM
Roller Derby enjoyed its golden era in the 1950s. If you are old enough or if you are a student of nostalgia, you may remember the tough, aggressive women in roller skates surging around a track while trying to shove other women out of the way with their elbows.
That sport has had a resurgence in the last decade, and Northeast Ohio has been at the forefront of that with the Burning River Roller Derby. The group returns for its 11th season with six home games at the CE Orr Ice Arena in Euclid. It opens this Saturday with a bout against Dayton’s Gem City Roller Derby. Later in the season, it’ll take on the Central Ohio Roller Derby (Mount Vernon), the Cornfed Derby Dames (Muncie, Indiana), the Appalachian Hell Betties (Athens, Ohio) and the Akron Roller Derby, with one opponent still to be announced.
In addition to offering thrills, spills and entertainment, the group will feature a local charity at each home bout, educating fans about what hey do. For the first bout that will be the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Great Cleveland.
Tickets are $10; an $18 VIP ticket includes two beers. Kids 6-12 are $4.