Click above to buy a general-admission ticket for the North Star Roller Girls championship bout on Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Click here to buy a general-admission ticket for the North Star Roller Girls bout on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Roller derby combines the breakneck pace of NASCAR, the technical virtuosity of figure skating, and the hard-hitting action of badminton into a supersport smoothie that’s much tastier than strawberry shot-put. Established in 2006, the North Star Roller Girls have steadily grown in popularity, becoming part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in 2008, when the skater-owned league set up shop in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Today, North Star’s travel team, the Supernovas, periodically compete for a coveted national rankings spot. Teams are propelled by traditional quad roller skates, mounds of spunk, and intimidating monikers like “Ida Kildher” and “Maggie McFaceStomp” as they propel their point-scoring teammates (Jammers) past opponents.
Jettisoning the chicken dance for elbow-throwing tenacity, roller grrrls learned at an early age to annex the inside lane of skate rinks while propelling their silhouette makers through crowds of slowpokes. At a North Star Roller Girls bout, fans will enjoy the spectacle of empowered ladies throwing it down in an action-packed sport of strategic positioning that’s much more exciting than competitive parallel parking.
- Thanks to the popularity of Whip It, I would be willing to speculate that attendance at the Northstar Rollergirls' bouts will be up throughout the season. Call it the Whip It bump. You need only share a theater with a few giddy, chatting tweens to understand that the film has exposed a whole new generation to roller derby in a shiny, neat, mainstream package. – Ben Palosaari, City Pages
- The North Star Roller Girls, formed in 2006, is a skater-owned-and-operated enterprise that empowers women, promotes athleticism, benefits local charities and artists, and promises a rocking good time. – Sarah Barker, University of Minnesota Alumni Association