Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Checkin' Out What a Detroit Derby Girls' Bout is All About!

This Saturday my boyfriend and I attended our first Derby Girl back to back bouts at The Masonic Temple. Despite having a very small working knowledge of the sport, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I didn't know how big the skating areas would be, where they would have it set up within the Masonic, and how many people would come out and support the ladies.

We arrived and signs quickly directed us to where we needed to be, we got our tickets and took an elevator up to the third floor where we found a large room turned into a Derby venue for the night. The ring was in the middle and seats were all the way around the floor. You literally sit right next to the ring and can get a very up close and personal view of everything that is happening. The place was packed wall to wall and there were lots of fans using horns, tambourines, and other noisemakers to cheer for their teams. They have a large scoreboard to keep track of what's going on and an announcer giving you the play by play action overhead. The room was full of life and drinks were being poured and consumed. It was just like any other sporting event, except it was a lot more action packed and a little more violent. 

The best part about Derby is that it keeps moving. There are no long breaks, no long time outs, and there is always action. I loved watching the girls push and take each other down, some of these women are tougher than anyone I have ever seen. Their legs are 100% muscle and the power that they are able to elude while going around the track is mind blowing. I cannot imagine how much training goes into getting ready for a game and how many bruises you must have once it's all over. 

From the uniforms to the crowd to the music they played, I loved the whole thing. Especially the ref who was wearing short shorts, it made my night. I really had a good time and I look forward to going back. For a full list of all the games this season go here. Tickets are always $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Thanks for having us out ladies! We have a whole new respect for our Detroit Derby!


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