It's back! Roller derby returns to the Cincinnati Gardens on Saturday, March 23, when the Cincinnati Rollergirls open their eighth season with a double-header against NEO (Northeast Ohio) Roller Derby of Akron, OH.
The 2013 season includes the return of all the things fans love about Cincinnati Rollergirls games - including the same low ticket prices, free parking, tailgating and a $1 beer happy hour - plus some new features that will make the game day experience even more exciting:
* RULE CHANGES: The Women's Flat Track Derby Association recently updated the rules of the sport to get the action started more quickly and keep it moving. Minor penalties have been eliminated, and jams now begin on a single whistle rather than separate whistles for blockers and jammers. (A 60-minute roller derby game is made up a series of "jams" up to two minutes in length in which jammers score points by passing members of the opposing team.)
* RETURNING FAVORITES: This season marks the return of fan favorite Sadistic Sadie after a two-year absence. Other veteran skaters returning to the flat track include Buckhead Betty, Hannah Barbaric, K. Lethal, Nuk'em, Pistol Whippin' Wendy and Wheezy.
<- Check out the Cincinnati Rollergirls 2013 promotional video
* ROOKIES TO WATCH: The Cincinnati Rollergirls welcomed eight rookies to the team after tryouts in January and February, and fans will be seeing a lot more of skaters who joined the team last year. Keep your eye on up-and-coming skaters such as Big Ugly, Cincy Psych-O, I Caramba, La Bruja and Ruthless Chris.
2013 SEASON AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Cincinnati Rollergirls roller derby
WHERE: The Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212
WHEN: The Cincinnati Rollergirls will hold five home double-headers in 2013: March 23, April 6, April 27, May 11 and June 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first game starts at 7 p.m. Each double-header features the Cincinnati Rollergirls' varsity and junior varsity teams, the Black Sheep and the Violent Lambs, playing visiting teams, plus a 15-minute halftime scrimmage by the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls.
TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Cincinnati Gardens box office (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday). Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.
- Adult general admission tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
- Adult trackside tickets (18 and older only): $15 in advance, $17 at the door
- Kids 7-12: $5 in advance, $6 at the door
- Kids 6 and younger: Free
A variety of affordable season ticket packages are also available. For more information, visit www.cincinnatirollergirls.com.
(Press Release from Cincinnati Rollergirls)