Greetings fun lovers of the Twin Cities Metro area! After a very long sabbatical the Fun Couple has returned! As the weather here continues to get nicer moving into spring we hope to have some more fun things to write about again!
A friend of some friends of ours is a member of the Northstar Rollergirls. Our friends have been asking us to go to a derby with them since last fall, but we weren't able to go to one until just a couple of weeks ago. We attended on February 20th and it was a blast!
The Northstar Rollergirls started out as the Twin Cities Roller Girls and had their matches out at Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids. As their league grew, they outgrew that space and moved downtown to the Minneapolis Convention Center. The league now consists of four teams: The Banger Sisters, Delta Delta Die, The Killmore Girls and the Violent Femmes.
On February 20th, the theme for the evening was Carnaval - we're guessing since it was somewhat close to Marti Gras. We opted for the general admission seating - it's cheaper and you have less of a chance of having a rollergirl end up in your lap. Plus, the trackside seating puts you pretty much sitting right on the floor. We were able to see just fine from our general seats up in the bleachers.
The night is structured as follows - 6:30 doors open and pregame entertainment takes place, 7:30 the match starts - two teams play a 20 minute bout, then the next two teams play a 20 minute bout. There's a 20 minute halftime then each set of teams return for another bout. The announcers explain how everything works before the bouts actually begin.
We were rooting for the Banger Sisters since our friend's friend is a member of that team. All four teams were very good and entertaining to watch. There's alot of action, it took me a few minutes to truly understand what was going on, but once I did, I really got into it! They do sell drinks (you have to get a wristband if you plan to drink alcohol, but the wristband is free) and snacks, but we decided they were kind of spendy and opted to go drink beer back at our house after the bout. Admission prices are not bad overall though and if you buy ahead of time online or at several ticket venues listed on their website it's a little bit cheaper.
We are planning to catch them again before their season is over, they have two more derbies coming up this spring. It's a great, high energy way to spend a Saturday evening!
Northstar Roller Girls
Derby held at Minneapolis Convention Center
General Admission (Bleachers) $10 in advance/$12 at the door
Trackside (but be warned you'll be on the floor) $12 in advance/$14 at the door