Are you getting ready to attend your first roller derby bout with Charlotte Roller Derby but you’re not sure what to expect? We’ve put together this quick guide about attending a bout to help you get the most out of your roller derby experience.
KNOW THE GAME
If you aren’t already familiar with the game of roller derby you can review our Derby 101 page. Roller derby is a fast-paced and complicated game with a lot of rules and strategies that are constantly in flux. Understanding the basics of the game will help you follow the bout more easily and get caught up in the action with the rest of the crowd.
GETTING TO GRADY COLE
Below is a Google map to help you find your way to the arena. There should also be a sign placed at the entrance on game day to let you know where to go. Parking is available close to the venue for $5 per vehicle. Cash only!
WHERE TO SIT
Grady Cole is a great venue for watching roller derby. There really is no bad seat in the house. You can find seats upstairs to get a bird’s eye view of the action. If you prefer to get a little more up-close-and-personal with the skaters, you can sit in the floor seats at the edge of the track. But beware - the floor seating is risky business! It is not uncommon to get a skater in your lap in one of these seats. For that reason, we require that you be at least 18 years of age to sit in the front row. In the words of The Clown, "A derby skater in your lap is not an accident - it's a privilege."
The Game Itself
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, ASK
Charlotte Roller Derby provides a team of "Ask Me" volunteers who circulate the venue and are available to answer any questions you have about the game. You can identify them by the signs they are holding that say "Ask Me About Derby".
MAKE LOTS OF NOISE
Remember - the more noise you make, the faster we skate. Don’t be shy about bringing noise makers of all kinds to cheer on your skaters. Cow bells and penny-shakers are always popular stand-bys. Everyone can use more cow bell in their life.
The most important part about attending a Charlotte Roller Derby bout is to have fun. We try to make each game a fun and unique experience from our extraordinary announcer, great food and drinks, official CLTRD merchandise, and half-time entertainment. Don't forget to buy a rubber ducky before half-time so you can participate in the infamous "Chuck-a-Duck" contest for your chance to win some sweet CLTRD merch!
After the Game
JOIN US FOR THE AFTER PARTY!
One of the unique things about our sport is that we have a very close relationship with our fans. The purchase of your bout ticket includes access to the after party. You don’t have to be a skater, or even know a skater, to come to the party. Nothing makes a derby skater happier than being able to chat face-to-face with a fan. We promise, we aren’t as mean as we look on the track.
If you have suggestions or feedback based on your experience, please let us know. Charlotte Roller Derby are a skater-owned and operated grassroots organization, which means your feedback goes directly to us. We will take all serious feedback into consideration to make your time with us as enjoyable as possible.