Spectator sports are marked by traditions, like dumping Gatorade on the winning coach and setting the losing coach's Honda on fire. Feel the heat of competition with this GrouponLive deal to see a roller-derby double-header hosted by the Terminal City Roller Girls at Minoru Arenas in Richmond. For $20, you get two general-admission tickets to the bouts on Saturday, August 11, at 6 p.m. (up to a $40 value). Tickets for kids 5 and younger are free, and tickets for kids up to age 10 are normally $10 each. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the double-header features the following matchups:
- Public Frenemy vs. Bad Reputations
- The All-Stars vs. the Texas Rollergirls’ travel team, the Hustlers
Homecourt bragging rights and international pride are both on the line August 11, when four roller-derby squads converge on the Minoru Arenas track for back-to-back bone-crunching bouts. The first matchup showcases two of the Terminal City Roller Girls’ house teams, Public Frenemy and The Bad Reputations, who storm into the evening fueled by an undefeated record and wheels made from their opponents’ lunch money. For the main event, the Terminal City All-Stars—a squad composed of some of the league’s best players from Canada and across the world—take on the Texas Rollergirls’ Hustlers, who look to spoil the All-Stars’ last home bout of the season without resorting to cheap tricks such as littering the track with marbles that explode on contact.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Charest.
Terminal City Rollergirls
In 2006, a small group of women met over a plate of nachos to discuss a dream that they shared: launching Vancouver's first all-women roller derby league. Seven years later, the Terminal City Rollergirls has blossomed into a flat-track institution, with more than 60 active participants, four full teams, and its own training program that teaches aspiring competitors the tricks of the trade. The league's teams— the Riot Girls, the Bad Reputations, the Faster Pussycats, and Public Frenemy—square off in bouts overseen by Terminal City's in-house referees, who call major fouls by putting players in the penalty box and recognize good play by throwing smiley-faced stickers into the crowd.