In the olden days, racetracks employed ladies on roller skates to deliver axle grease to steam-powered racecars so that they could maintain their blistering pace of 9 miles per hour. When a scuffle between two such ladies proved more entertaining than the race itself, roller derby was born. Today’s Groupon gets the Twin Cities its daily recommended dosage of kinetic estrogen. For $6, you get a general-admission ticket (a $12 value on the day of the game) to see the North Star Roller Girls battle it out in a flat-track roller-derby bout. During the Wild Wild Midwest double-header on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Banger Sisters take on Delta Delta Di, while the Violent Femmes face off against the Kilmore Girls. This will be the final grudge match before the championship bout on April 10. Customers may purchase up to four Groupons. General admission tickets are good for chair and bleacher seating or standing, but not trackside seating.
After clinching their division in the 2011 season, the Minnesota Dragons return to the gridiron for another eight-game campaign in the semipro Northern Elite Football League. Among the season’s four home games, the energized roster squares off against fellow Minnesotans—and 2011 champs—the St. Paul Pioneers in a battle to determine who will lay claim to the Twin Cities and who will have to play the rest of their games at the bottom of Lake Superior. As players unsheathe their biggest plays to slay their opponents, the Dragons’ dance team spurs the players on inside the venerated Metrodome, home to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
With only three home-turf games remaining in the season, cheer on the Twin Cities' fearsome squad of sassy ladies as they run, pass, tackle, kick, shimmy, teleport, twirl, and crank call their way across the gridiron. But don't expect any shortened fields, wussy tear-away flags, or altered rules just because the players have little use for a cup—this is straight-up football, right down to the earth-shaking QB sacks, high-flying Hail Marys, and tackles that pack their own crater. This hard-hitting action, coupled with intricate strategic plays, provides more entertainment than a shaky washing-machine race through a corn maze. Additionally, on May 8, Burnsville High School will host a BirdieBall golf tournament prior to the Vixen game (not included with the Groupon), which will feature par 3 holes, field goal drives, various prizes, and an opportunity to pair football with the most brutally unforgiving of sports.
Keeping folks busy year-round is the main mission at Monticello Community Center, whether viewing movies in the park or splashing around the indoor pool and water slides. Allowing families to stay active, the fitness center welcomes visitors 16 and over to use free-weights, cardio equipment, and mirrors for flexing. Adult sports leagues organize teams for hockey and softball, while more low-key green thumbs can head to the community garden to dig in the dirt, plant, and tend to buds.
The Minnesota Wild put up a 25-12-4 record at the Xcel Energy Center last season, giving crowds plenty of reason to cheer, chant, and toast each other. With goal-focused pucksmen Mikko Koivu and Martin Havlat leading the way this season, the Wild are poised to bury the Predators and the Red Wings—both Western Conference rivals and 2010 Stanley Cup playoff teams—in a hailstorm of supersonic slapshots and seamless shift changes. Your suite seating will let you watch the sub-zero spectacle of your choice from within the confines of a fan-friendly pod of sheltered luxury. The Xcel Energy Center will fuel your full-throated cheering and creative high-fiving throughout the evening with a hot dog, chips, a cookie, and a soda or water.
Winners of four Northern League championships, the St. Paul Saints seek to add another impressive season to their record book, playing America’s most beloved pastime in the historic Midway Stadium. Home games are manned by mascots Mudonna and Brat Favre, along with ushertainers such as Super Fan, The Nerd, and Mrs. Stepford. Fans can high-five, low-five, or telepathically congratulate each other from infield reserved seats as the Saints debut their 2011 season in a home-run hunt against the Fighting Pheasants before matching wits and mitts in an intimidating May schedule. Friday evenings extend the field-centric drama with a postgame fireworks show. Groupon users also receive a redeemable voucher to view, wear, and embody blue-emblazoned glory with their 2011 Saints baseball cap; see the promotions calendar to see additional game-night giveaways.