In roller skating, as in dangling from the edge of a cliff, it’s important not to let a fear of falling make you miss an opportunity to hold someone’s hand. Don’t leave today’s GrouponLive deal hanging: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to see the Port City Roller Girls do battle with Ukiah’s Mendo Mayhem at Stockton Indoor Sports Complex on Saturday, September 17 (a $30 value). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the wheels start rolling at 8 p.m.
A flat-track roller-derby team owned and operated by the skaters themselves, the Port City Roller Girls range in age from 18–40 but unite under the common flag of crushing their opposition in this high-energy, full-contact action sport. The eight-wheeled warriors look to end their season on a high note at the final home game, doling out bruises that will still be tender at next year’s opener. Those unfamiliar with derby rules should have no trouble correcting their wobbly footing after the bout’s first few rotations, in which star-helmeted jammers duck, dodge, and weave through pathways created by a bone-crushing crew of blockers to score points. Having studied footage of football games played in the fourth dimension, both teams execute their offensive and defensive strategies simultaneously. The profusion of collusions and pileups that results makes for an unforgettable 60 minutes of action.
During the half-time intermission, fans can check out some of the merchandise and concessions on sale at stands around the complex or pluck a foamy flower at the beer garden. To emphasize the family-friendly aspect of a sport renowned for its brutal takedowns, the Roller Girls grant free admission to kids 5 and younger.