I am so thrilled to have this guest report by nine-year old Sadie, who is a 4th grader at Washington Elementary in Berkeley because I, too, have been wondering how and where to get my roller derby fix.
Have you ever wondered if there was a place where you could just relax and have a beer while your kids watch a fun sport? Well, you can go to the roller derby in Richmond! It’s a great place to watch a fun sport.
Roller derby is a sport where there are two teams and they try to race around a rink. They also try to block the other team (and sometimes pull their hair!) But there is a twist: they have to roller skate while doing everything else!
In Richmond you can root for your favorite local team. There’s the Berkeley Resistance, Oakland Outlaws, Richmond Wrecking Balls, and the San Francisco Shevil Dead.
The food there is great. They have tamales and pizza, etc. I recommend the tamale plate. It comes with avocado, beans, chips, salsa, and a tamale.
If you get a little jumpy and want to take a walk that’s fine because the location is great. They have a cool view. You can see the whole bay and the San Francisco skyline. There is also lots of parking.
If you really enjoy the athletes then after the game is done you can take your picture with them. It’s funny because when the players are playing they look so mean but when you talk to them they are very nice. It might even inspire your kids to try roller derby!
There is also a great book about rollerskating. It’s awesome for girls my age. It’s called Roller Girl. It’s a graphic novel.
For more information about watching roller derby in Richmond, go to: www.bayareaderbygirls.com. Check it out!
Championships in October sell for $25/ticket.
Location: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South Richmond
Thanks so much, Sadie, I can't wait to try it. See you at the rink!
[All photos provided by Sadie, used with permission]