The best local sport you’re not watching.
Are you looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, and don’t want to mortgage the house to afford it? Have you considered the fast paced sport of Roller Derby ? Saturday night, Dr. Johanna and I attended the season opening double header game, and had a great time. I’ll admit it was my first roller derby match, and all I knew about derby, was that they skated around a track. While at the same time, attempting to prevent the other team, from skating around the track. Within minutes I was enjoying the action on the rink. The rules were simple enough, and my attention was drawn in quickly.
The announcer for the game quickly and clearly explained the game to any new folks in the crowd. Giving an entertaining and informative description of basic game play, while announcing the players from each team. She provided color commentary during the game, as well as music, and was humorous and energetic. At half time she hosted raffles and games on the rink, including rolling wheels from skates onto a target to win prizes. Who doesn’t love audience interaction during the game?
Concessions at a sporting event are always challenging. Standing in line for 10 minutes to buy an overpriced bag of salty snacks is no one’s idea of a good time. The coliseum has three lines for concessions, one for general snacks and drinks, one for snow cones and fried dough. Plus a separate Beer Garden, with its own seating (also wine and cider). So you’re not waiting behind the entire stadium to grab a quick bottle of water. Their prices were lower than I expected, with friendly staff and you’re still able to see the action of the game from all three lines (try that at Fenway Park). Did I mention the stadium also has convenient free parking? Because, it has free parking.
Many of players skate around the arena before and during the game. They are more than happy to answer questions about the game, the league and to sign programs. The league is run and organized by the players, the effort that they put into the game off the rink is just as much as the effort they put into winning. That’s dedication to a sport for sure. NHRD are members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. WFDA’s motto is, “by the skaters, for the skaters”, which means that all members have a say in the league and help shape the future of their league.
Since the stadium is bleacher seats, folks are free to sit where they’d like to and there were kids moving around to get a better view of the action. To say that game was kid friendly, would be an understatement. There were dozens of kids there, playing in the bleachers, cheering on the skaters, and having fun being kids.
Roller Derby isn’t limited to New Hampshire, check out The Leagues to find a team near you.
Follow NH Roller Derby on FB for updates, games and news.
Don’t miss any of the action, here are the dates for the upcoming Bouts. Catalyst Chiropractic will be raffling off two tickets to each of the home games. Come into the office and ask us about it.
Tickets Available for the following dates:
June 25, 2016 4:30pm
August 6, 2016 4:30pm
New Hampshire Roller Derby plays at ARENA in Manchester, tickets are $10 and kids under ten get free admission.