The winter holidays are past us and January is nearly over, but the roller derby season in the Metroplex is just getting started, and if this upcoming weekend is any indication, 2013 is going to be a fantastic year for DFW Metroplex roller derby fans.
Saturday January 26th marks a somewhat historic day for the local derby scene. The Metroplex’s newest league, North Texas Derby Revolution (NTRD), kicks off its second season with two bouts and two brand new teams.
NTRD’s 2013 season opener will be a double-header featuring the newly-formed Elm Street Nightmares taking on the Main Street Mafia, and the defending league champions Muertas Locas being challenged by the Hickory Street Hooligans.
The bouts take place at House of Quad, located at 222 S. Mayhill Drive in Denton, TX. Tickets can be bought in advance for $12.00, or Day of at the venue, for $15.00. Doors open at 4:30 pm and opening whistle is at 5:00 pm.
Also on Saturday, January 26th, the respective travel teams from DDD and ACRD will be meeting in a double header featuring both leagues' A and B All-star travel teams. The bouts will be somewhat historic, as the two leagues have rarely played each other in the past, despite having co-existed within 35 miles of each other since 2005.
The two leagues met twice in the spring of 2011, and once prior to that in the spring of 2009. According to flattrackstats.com, there appear to have been no other sanctioned bouts between the two leagues, although it’s hard to imagine that there were no bouts at all between 2005 and 2009, considering the proximity of the leagues.
DDD’s B travel team Battalion of Doom will take on ACRD’s B travel team to lead off Saturday’s much anticipated clash of local derby teams. Afterwards, DDD’s Army of Darkness will skate against ACRD’s Conspiracy in a bout that will feature some of the best and most experienced skaters in North Texas.
The bouts will be held at Fair Park Coliseum located at 1438 Coliseum Drive in Dallas, TX. Doors are at 5 pm, and the first whistle will be at 6 pm. Advance Tickets are $10 for open seating, and $15 for VIP seating. Kids under 10 are free. Tickets bought Day of are $15 for open seating and $20 for VIP seating. Kids under 10 are still free.
With so much local derby action going, the downside for fans in the tough call as to which event to attend. The plus side is that this may indicate we are going to have a full schedule of roller derby action in the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex this year, and many, many weekends are going to be filled with hard-hitting and fast-skating action.