The Chattanooga Roller Girls return home for the first time this season on Saturday with two teams and plenty of fresh faces.
In addition to the main event between the Chattanooga Roller Girls and Huntsville, Alabama's Dixie Derby Girls, the evening will also feature the home debut of the newly formed Chattanooga Roller Girls' B team, the B Railers, in contest against Nashville's B team, Brawl Stars.
All bouts take place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, and all seating is general admission. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first match begins at 5.
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Shawn "The Bomb" Williamson said the 2016 CRG theme is "fresh" because of all the new faces. The team bid farewell to multiple players at the end of 2015, which prompted the formation of an official, less experienced B team to help fill the gaps.
"We're doing so many new things because of all the retired skaters from last year," Williamson said. "The only way you can get to be a top team—which is one of our top goals—is to have a strong B team that can fill in when players leave the A team."
The Chattanooga Roller Girls are members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
Filling out the team has been difficult in past seasons, according to Williamson. But this year, the CRG roster already includes at least 25 players across both teams. And she said that number could increase to 40 by the end of the season as more people get involved.
Spectators have several options to view the CRG action, but the most popular seats have always been the "suicide seats" located directly next to the track. These seats can be obtained by arriving early, but the team has also partnered with Good Dog to offer "the doghouse" special. For $80, guests will receive four tickets on the suicide line, a $20 Good Dog gift certificate and a 30-minute massage gift certificate. Only one package will be available for each home game.
If you’ve been away from roller derby for a while, you’ll notice some changes in the game. Gone are the banked tracks and professional wrestling-esque fisticuffs of the 1970s. In its place, a highly competitive, fast-paced sport has emerged.
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