It’s the last time skaters from Steel City Roller Derby will scrimmage at Romp n Roll, and they want you to be there.
The league is having its One Last Time: Public Scrimmage and Open Skate on Thursday at the Shaler rink before it closes Nov. 30.
Steel City Roller Derby has called the rink home for all of its roughly 10-year existence.
It’s still in the process of finding a new home — and that doesn’t have to be a roller rink, said skater Cassandra Dale aka Daley Dose. Steel City has traveled for games in old warehouses with concrete floors, convention and sports centers, and even fairground pavilions and is open to a new type of home base. (More on what they need here.)
The league is also open to practicing in one place and having games in another that has room for fans, Dale said.
But, she said it’s likely that anywhere the league goes next will be more expensive.
That’s why the women are using their last scrimmage practice at Romp n Roll on Thursday (scrimmages are every Thursday) as a fundraiser for the new space. Cost is $10 and skate rental is extra.
First up: A public scrimmage from 8 to 9 p.m., and Dale said fans who are trained in derby can join the league on the rink. If you’re not so bold, anyone can join the open skate from 9 to 10 p.m.
Either way, skaters just want use to use the wooden rink they love so much.
“We encourage all of our fans, friends and rivals to give that beautiful, sticky wooden floor the send off it deserves,” the league wrote in its Facebook event.
In addition to skating, fans can support the league by buying Steel City Roller Derby merchandise during the event, as well as a special fundraiser shirt (which is only available at the event):
Dale said there will also be donated gift baskets that will be raffled off.
She said the fundraiser might also be the league’s last practice for 2016, given that the holidays are coming up. But members are hopeful to have a new home secured for the start 2017.
A task force of skaters and coaches are working to find a new place to make sure games can continue as planned, she said.
The league starts games between the three intra-league “home” teams — the Allegheny Avengers, Mon Monsters and Penn Bruisers — in January. Travel teams, the Steel Hurtin’ and Steel Beamers, which are made up of many of the home team skaters, start their season in April.