Arizona Derby Dames: All-Girl Roller Derby in Phoenix

Arizona Derby Dames
••• © Judy Hedding

Yes, roller derby is a real sport. Teams of roller skaters skate around a banked track vying for position and points. It's a contact sport, and in Phoenix, there are several all-woman teams whose players adopt snappy, humorous monikers (presumably to strike fear in their opponents!) and sport unusual uniforms. The Arizona Derby Dames league is one of just seven all-girl banked track roller derby leagues in the world.

Where do the Arizona Derby Dames play?

Usually at 2517 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix.

What is the schedule?

You can find the current schedule of bouts online.

What are the names of the teams in Phoenix?

They are the Bombshells, Brutal Beauties, Coffin Draggers, Doomsday Valkyries, Runaway Brides and Schoolyard Scrappers. The women who compete don't get paid; they're in it for the fun of it.

How much are the tickets?

General admission is usually $15 per person, $5 for children 1o and under plus service charges (Dec. 2016). 

What else should I know about attending the Arizona Derby Dames competitions?

  1. Bring cash.
  2. On any given competition night you'll see two matches—a doubleheader! You'll see four teams compete.
  3. VIP seating is available, but it really isn't necessary unless you want closer access to a bar as opposed to walking back up to the concession stands.
  4. If you aren't familiar with roller derby rules, read them before you go! They do go through them before the match, but it might take a while to get used to what you are seeing, what penalties are called, how points are scored, etc.
  1. There's no reason to worry about getting a good seat here with a General Admission ticket.
  2. You'll see plenty of kids here. Even if you don't know any of the competitors, it's a different and fun way to spend the evening, and costs less than taking the kids to a movie.
  3. Scheduled matches are typically over by 10:30 p.m.

    What if I have more questions?

    Visit the Arizona Derby Dames online.

    All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.