Tampa Roller Derby Kicks Off Season with a Rare All-Stars Home Game

Tampa Roller Derby, (TRD) Tampa Bay’s premier all-female flat track roller derby league, will be kicking off its 2013 season with a pulse-pounding double header featuring its two travel teams, the Tampa Tantrums and the Tampa Bay Bruise Crew. On February 23, 2013 the Tampa Bay Bruise Crew, TRD’s B-Team, will face off against the Gainesville Swamp City Sirens in the first bout of the exciting new season. Following that match will be the all-star team, the Tampa Tantrums, battling the Gainesville Roller Rebels in what’s sure to be an explosive, action filled game. Doors will open at 6:00 pm at Downtown Skate (formerly USA Skateplex) and the first game begins at 6:30. Information about Tampa Roller Derby can be found at: TampaRollerDerby.com.

February 3rd- Tampa Roller Derby, (TRD) Tampa Bay’s premier all-female flat track roller derby league, will kick off its 2013 season with a rare opportunity to see Tampa’s all-star team, the Tampa Tantrums, play at home. On February 23, 2013, the double header kicks off with the Tampa Bay Bruise Crew, TRD’s B-Team, facing off against the Gainesville B-Team. Immediately following, the all-star team, the Tampa Tantrums will battle the Gainesville Roller Rebels in what’s sure to be an explosive, action filled match. Doors will open at 6:00 pm at Downtown Skate (formerly USA Skateplex) at 5313 E. Busch Blvd, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Seating is available, but feel free to bring your own folding chairs for a close-up, trackside spot. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available the day of the event at the door of Downtown Skate for $15. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/324199 . Group, student, military, and derby girl discounts are available. Please email info@tampabayderbydarlins.com.

Chances are you haven’t heard about the Tampa Tantrums. So, let me take a minute to explain why you should check them out. Since 2002, roller derby has become the world’s fastest growing sport, with over 1,400 roller derby leagues found around the world, in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kuala Lumur, Malaysia, and Tampa’s sister league in Cape Town, South Africa. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the governing body of flat track roller derby, with 266 leagues and the vast majority of derby being played by the WFTDA rules set. The Tampa Tantrums have been members of WFTDA since 2007 and have competed in regional competitions, featuring the top 40 leagues, for the last several years. The Tantrums ended their 2011 season placing 9th at South Central Regionals, but moved up 5 spots in 2012, taking 4th place at the 2012 South Central Regionals, and spending a couple months as the #23 ranked team per Derby News Network, making the Tantrums a nationally recognized powerhouse. Now, the Tantrums have their sights set on continuing to move up and competing at Nationals.

While devoting lots of time and effort to improving their skills on the track, the Tantrums also devote lots of time to team building through activities such as team slumber parties, singing before each game, and wearing colorfully tacky “fancy pants’ while they play. Check out their teamwork (and fancy pants) and see Tampa Bay’s best roller derby on February 23rd!

About Tampa Roller Derby:
Tampa Roller Derby (TRD) is a women’s flat track roller derby league that is currently ranked #4 in the South Central Region of WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association), the governing body of flat track roller derby. Established in 2005, a front runner to the roller derby revolution, TRD hosts several teams within the league including the Tampa Tantrums (the A-level travel team), the Bruise Crew (the B-level travel team) and 3 intra-league home teams: The Cigar City Mafia, The Black Widows, and The Switchblade Sisters. TRD prides itself in being positive role models both in the roller derby community as well as the Tampa Bay community.

About Downtown Skate:
Downtown Skate (formerly USA Skateplex) was recently purchased by the Terrace Sports Bowling Center and currently hosts Tampa Roller Derby and Tampa Bay Junior Derby. They plan to reopen soon for open skate sessions on Friday nights. In the meantime, you can always check out Terrace Sports Bowling Center just next door. Downtown Skate is located at 5313 E. Busch Blvd Temple Terrace, FL 33617.
More information about Tampa Roller Derby is available at: TampaRollerDerby.com

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5313 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33617
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