The Cincinnati Rollergirls will put on their biggest weekend of roller derby to date when eight teams from four cities — including two men’s teams — will compete at the Cincinnati Gardens on June 4 and 5, 2011. The weekend includes discounted admission for police officers, firefighters, first-responders, members of the military and veterans and a supply drive for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.
Saturday, June 4: Hometown Heroes Night
The first event is Hometown Heroes Night, a double-header between Cincinnati and Chicago beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 (doors open at 6 p.m. and $1 beers will be available from 6-7 p.m.). In the opening 40-minute game, the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ B team, the Silent Lambs, will take on the Windy City Rollers’ B team, the Second Wind. In the 60-minute main event, the Cincinnati Rollergirls A team, the Black Sheep, will battle the Windy City Rollers’ All-Stars. The Black Sheep, currently ranked 5th in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s North Central Region, have yet to beat the Windy City Rollers All-Stars, who have long held the No. 1 spot in the North Central Region.
Saturday’s double-header marks the team’s second annual Hometown Heroes Night. Adult general admission tickets at the door are just $8 for police officers, firefighters, first-responders, members of the military and veterans with ID, a savings of $4.
Regular ticket prices are $10 for adult general admission seating, $15 for trackside seating (18 and older), $5 for kids 7-12 and free for kids 6 and younger in advance through the Cincinnati Gardens box office (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices increase at the door to $12 for adult general admission seating, $17 for trackside seating and $6 for kids 7-12.
The Cincinnati Rollergirls are also partnering with the Yellow Ribbon Support Center on Hometown Heroes night to collect supplies for men and women serving overseas. Fans are encouraged to bring toiletries, food items, magazines, books and toys to the game to donate to soldiers. For a complete list of needed items, click here.
But wait, there’s more! Before the game, at 5:30 p.m., 96Rock will be broadcasting live from the Cincinnati Gardens’ free parking lot with the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ tailgating fans. They’ll be joined by the Norwood police and fire departments and the U.S. Air Force, and fans will have the chance to win passes to Lazer Kraze and tickets to the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ June 18 double-header against Detroit.
Can’t make it to Saturday’s double-header in person? You can watch all the action online on Ustream or on Derby News Network.
Sunday, June 5: Debut of new Cincinnati Rollergirls team and men’s derby game
The weekend of derby continues at noon Sunday, when the Flock Ewes – a new team made up of both rookie and veteran skaters – take on the Naptown Roller Girls Third Alarm team.
A men’s derby game will follow at about 1:50 p.m., when the Baltimore-based Harm City Homicide, featuring CRG coach Quad Almighty, battles the Indianapolis-based Race City Rebels.
Sunday’s event is FREE, but fans are again encouraged to bring donations for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. To see a full list of supplies that troops need, please click here.
The Cincinnati Gardens’ concession stands will NOT be open during this event, but fans may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Check out Cincinnati Rollergirls announcer Caesar’s video preview of the weekend: