This past Saturday the Cincinnati Rollergirls opened their fifth season at the legendary Cincinnati Gardens. Miss Print and the team were kind enough to invite myself and my friend Alex out to shoot some photos and hang out at track side. Who are the Rollergirls? They're the city's all amateur flat track women's roller derby team. They're not paid athletes, simply playing for the love of roller derby and following their motto "Live to skate, skate to live." This isn't the scripted "Roller Jam" pro wrestling rip off that was on TNN years ago, its a full contact (I'd say balls to the wall, but...) sport played in an electric environment within the city's legendary arena.
The bouts are intense and being at track side gives you a whole new appreciation for what these girls do and the game they play. The team and their staff are incredibly appreciative of their fans and very friendly. Tickets are more than reasonable, the beer is cheap and the environment is awesome. The Rollergirls are back in action on April 17th against St. Louis and if you can't make it then they have more matches, plus you can catch them around town in the opening day parade! Check out their full event schedule for details. I highly recommend checking out a bout.
The Cincinnati Gardens is not only historical, but my favorite place to see hockey in Cincinnati. The environment and atmosphere the Gardens offers is a true Cincinnati experience and the Rollergirls definitely do the place justice. You should check out and support a great local team who's truly in it for the love of the game.
Check out the blog of roller derby diva and Enquirer journalist Lauren Bishop, aka #95 "Miss Print." She had a hell of a game Saturday night and has been an awesome friend and supporter of Queen City Discovery.
Thanks to the Rollergirls for letting me hang out, hope "Carl" heals up soon!