Athletes, like carhops and grizzly bears, are at their most ferocious when wearing roller skates. Revel in the raucousness of rolling competition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four tickets to one or more St. Louis GateKeepers 2011 roller-derby bouts, plus an autographed team photo. Bouts take place at the Midwest Sport Hockey Complex in Edgar M. Queeny County Park in Ballwin. Children under 10 receive free admission to all GateKeepers bouts.
The all-male GateKeepers roller-derby league fulfills the action-seeking urges of spectators with a sporting spectacle that combines speed, agility, and hard-hitting contact. Comprising three teams—the Dogtown Rockets, Riverfront Crimes, and South Grand Slammers—the GateKeepers will hold seven bouts during the 2011 season, which begins March 26 and ends September 17 with the Turf War Championship. This four-pack of tickets can be savored one seat at a time at any four bouts throughout the season or consumed in one gulp by a group of thrill-thirsty friends—however, the autographed image of the team of your choice may require a complicated rotational ownership schedule to prevent feelings-hurting battles over possession.
In roller derby, five skaters on each team move counterclockwise around a flat track, using strength, agility, and tactics to gain position and points. Watch as wheeled warriors don helmets, pads, and names such as Bat Wing and Wrecking Bill to wage rolling combat with little to no regard for their opponents' sense of well-being. The Midwest Sport Hockey Complex provides a comfortable home for the free-wheeling brutality, with stadium seating, free parking, a bar, and a concession stand.
The St. Louis GateKeepers has been featured on STLtoday.com:
- Welcome to roller derby for men. – Chris Campbell
St. Louis GateKeepers
In 2009, while refereeing women’s flat-track derby bouts, the founding fathers of the St. Louis GateKeepers realized they wanted a taste of the speed, adrenaline, and action found in competitive roller derby. The pair gathered a crew of like-minded skaters and, in November of that year, the GateKeepers held its first league practice. By the end of their 2012 season, the league had expanded to feature three teams, plus a travel team that defends St. Louis from out-of-town opponents hoping to claim the Arch as a trophy. Despite its expansion, the GateKeepers stands by its original mission to provide a league for the players, by the players, and welcomes men from all walks of life to try on the sport's sweat-soaked jerseys and multicolored bruises.