You might remember that the last time we checked in with the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars, the league had about 19 members, but these days over 50 skaters can officially call themselves “rockstars!” The women of Pottstown Roller Derby have big plans for their league, but big plans don’t come cheap. As they outgrow their current space, league co-founders Lida Addison, Tonda Woodling and Patty Fetterman are actively searching for warehouse space in the borough to house their league, and raising funds towards that end.
This Saturday night, you can come out and support the fledging league and party just like a rock star at the Elks Club from 8pm to midnight. Your $40 entrance fee gets you food and beer (you’ll need cash if you want mixed drinks) and seventies themed party, named Get Down and Derby with the Pottstown Rockstars, that just might become legendary.
Roller derby itself might seem like something of a novelty, but it could be pure gold to Pottstown’s struggling economy. Bringing a spectator sport like roller derby to the borough would have positive economic ramifications and add to the burgeoning arts and culture vibe that is starting to take root downtown.
Depending on their eventual home turf, Pottstown’s bouts could attract upwards of 300 people. The neighboring Lehigh Valley Roller Girls’ League regularly sees attendance between 300 and 500 fans per bout. And, after watching roller derby, those 300+ people might just hang around for dinner or drinks.
Skeptical? It’s understandable that you might be, but consider some of these statistics from the recent poll conducted by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)
Who plays roller derby?
According to responses to the WFTDA’s 2010 demographic survey:
63 percent of skaters are 25 to 34 years old
Most have some post-secondary education; 20% have graduate degrees
31% of responding skaters have children under 18
36% of skaters are married
Who watches roller derby?
According to fan responses to the 2010 demographic survey:
Most roller derby fans (60%) are also active fans of other sports
59% of fans are female
41% of fans are ages 25-34; another 41% are 35-54
34% of fans have undergraduate degrees; 21% have a graduate level degree
(statistics from WFTDA survey, 2010)
That sounds like exactly the kind of demographic that could help this town over the tipping point toward revitalization and the derby league needs some financial help to do it. Warehouse space (about 20,000 square feet of it) is expensive, as is the actual track they need to furnish it.
The Rockstars have more in mind that just roller derby bouts, they’ve got great ideas for youth leagues and roller derby boot camp fitness classes. And, believe me, if you’ve ever seen one of their practices, derby boot camp would be one tough class!
So, come on out and support the home-grown derby team this weekend at the Elks. Here is all the info:
Get Down and Derby with the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars
Pottstown Elks Club, 61 High Street
Saturday, May 21st
8pm to midnight
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
$40 tickets includes ALL THE BEER YOU CAN DRINK and food!!!
All the appetizers you can eat!!!
We will have Miller Lite, Yuengling Lager and Labatt’s Blue on tap!
Beer and food included with ticket purchase!
Cash bar for liquor
DJ REACT will be spinning the funky beats!!!
70’s Disco Attire is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED
Information about practices can be found on their facebook page and new members are encouraged to come out to the “fresh meat” practices to try out some derby skating.
Thanks Rosie for the awesome update!! Hope to see you Saturday! Go Rockstars!