Central PA roller derby squads make their return to the rink for the 2015 season this month, and the fast-skatin’ flat track action kicks off on Saturday. Roller derby has been going strong in the region since Lancaster’s Dutchland Derby Rollers and the Harrisburg Area Roller Derby (H.A.R.D) established in 2005. Since then, York County-based rollers established the Hanover Black Rose Rollers in 2010, followed by the York City Derby Dames early last year.
Saturday, March 7
Lancaster’s Dutchland Derby Rollers return to the Overlook Activities Center (301 Gold Drive, Lancaster) for their season opener with double-header. The first bout pits the Dutchland Blitz squad against Bethlehem’s Two Rivers Roller Derby; the action continues with the Orange Crush squad squaring off against York City Derby Dames. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the first bout scheduled for 6pm. Advance tickets are $10; admission is $12 at the door, or $15 for a VIP ticket featuring primo seating and a “special fan gift.”
Sunday, March 8
Hanover’s Black Rose Rollers host the Snack Town Smack Down at Magic Elm Skateland (625 W Elm Ave, Hanover). The event pits the BRR’s Team Salty versus Team Sweet. Doors open at 5pm with first whistle at 6pm. Advance tickets are $5; admission is $7 at the door. After the event, join both squads at The Winner’s Circle for an afterparty.
Sunday, March 22
Harrisburg Area Roller Derby opens its season at Yellow Breeches Sports Center (5 Shawnee Court, New Cumberland) on March 22 with a bout against Bethlehem’s Two Rivers Roller Derby. Doors open at 1:30pm and first whistle is at 2pm. Advance tickets are $10; admission is $12 at the door.