With its combination of friction-free motion and wholesome fun, roller skating quickly replaced ditch digging and dancing frenetically to "Shipoopi" as America's favorite first-date activity. Rediscover the appeal of the wheels with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to see the San Diego Derby Dolls' The Swarm vs. The Diego Rollers on Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m. (a $30 value) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Children under 5 can attend for free.
Tackling both flat and banked tracks, the San Diego Derby Dolls consists of three women-only roller-derby teams stacked with athletes trained to skim curves at breakneck speed. Throughout the 15-minute quarters on the Derby Dolls' banked track, skaters hinder their rival rollers by throwing shoulders, catapulting bodies, and unleashing skate-wearing krakens during a series of hectic 60-second jams. Each squad's four blockers form a defensive pack, impeding the opposing jammer and aiding their own jammer, who both attempt to nimbly weave their way through wheeled adversaries, scoring a point for each opposing skater she laps.
Catch The Swarm—San Diego Derby Dolls' banked-track roller-derby home team—battle the recently resurrected Diego Rollers at an all-age in-line clash. Attendees at the Del Mar Fairgrounds can plant posteriors in an arena seat or corral their clan in the standing area. Before the main event at 7:45 p.m., roller-derby disciples can nab a drink from the full bar and catch the Juvenile Dollinquents Junior Derby bout at 6:30 p.m.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, California 92014Get Directions