The only way experiencing roller derby's brutal ballet of body checks, collisions, and flying elbows could get any sweeter is if the rink was made of sprinkled donut. Today's Groupon gets the Phoenix area its daily recommended dosage of kinetic estrogen: for $6, you get one general-admission stadium-seat ticket to watch the teams of the Arizona Derby Dames league on February 19 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum (a $12 value). Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by a two-bout, banked-track showdown at 7 p.m. The double-header pits Derby Dames all-star team the Hot Shots against the LA Derby Dolls Fight Crew, followed by the Brutal Beauties taking on the Runaway Brides.
The Arizona Derby Dames is one of the largest and fastest-growing all-girl roller-derby leagues and is one of only six lady leagues in the world that plays on a modern banked track. The coliseum, one of the world's largest roller-derby venues, offers plenty of space for five teams and more than 100 helmeted heroines to get roller-rowdy. Inked and pierced wheelie-grrrls pleasantly pummel other rolly commuters, with the high-speed chaos slowly revealing its carefully coordinated team flight formations and the violent grace of pivots, blockers, and jammers as the athletes hit each other hard, and often.
Unlike NASCAR races, ice hockey, and mixed-martial crocheting tournaments, roller derby consistently delivers the crashes and smashes the audience pays to see. With the double-header of today's deal, your first round of Arizona Derby Dames will instill the rules of the track, while the second will let you get lost in the action and athleticism while letting loose with more than a few "pained sympathy" faces.
Kids 12 and under are free, and parking is $7.
- The Arizona Derby Dames has been one of the world’s largest and fastest growing all-girl roller derby leagues since being founded by Suzy Homewrecker, All The Way Mae, Prima Donna and Joan Threat in 2005. – Mallory Kydd, Statepress.com
- It isn't hard summing up roller derby's allure: Tough-as-nails women (many of whom are of the tattooed-and-pierced bent) clad in fishnets and miniskirts batter each other while circling an oval track and soaking up the cheers and jeers of bloodthirsty crowds. What's not to love? – Phoenix New Times
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