Yes, roller derby is a real sport. Teams of roller skaters skate around a banked track vying for position and points. It's a contact sport, and in Phoenix there are several all-woman teams whose players adopt snappy, humorous monikers (presumably to strike fear in their opponents!) and sport unusual uniforms. The Arizona Derby Dames league is one of just seven all-girl banked track roller derby leagues in the world.
Where do the Arizona Derby Dames play?
You can see the Arizona Derby Dames at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in central Phoenix. That's at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
What is the schedule?
You can find the current schedule of bouts online.
What are the names of the teams in Phoenix?
They are the Bombshells, Brutal Beauties, Coffin Draggers, Runaway Brides and Schoolyard Scrappers. The women who compete don't get paid; they're in it for the fun of it.
How much are the tickets?
General admission is $12 per person, children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Coliseum Box office and hour or two before the bout.
What else should I know about attending the Arizona Derby Dames competitions?
- Bring cash for parking, admission and for concessions.
- On any given competition night you'll see two matches -- a doubleheader! You'll see four teams compete.
- The closest parking to the entrance is on the north side of the coliseum. The box office is on that side.
- There is a parking charge.
- VIP seating is available, but it really isn't necessary unless you want closer access to a bar as opposed to walking back up to the concession stands.
- If you aren't familiar with roller derby rules, I would read them before you go! They do go through them before the match, but it might take a while to get used to what you are seeing, what penalties are called, how points are scored, etc.
- While the Box Office opens at 4 p.m. and the doors open at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. start, there's no reason to worry about getting a good seat here with a General Admission ticket. Only a few hundred people attend, and seats with good views are plentiful.
- The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a pretty old facility. It isn't shiny or modern like the newer stadiums. Of course, you aren't paying 60 bucks to be here either....
- You'll see plenty of kids here. Even if you don't know any of the competitors, it's a different and fun way to spend the evening, and costs less than taking the kids to a movie.
- Scheduled matches are typically over by 10:30 p.m.
What if I have more questions?Visit the Arizona Derby Dames online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.