2018 Season Opener: International Showdown

The Rio Grande Valley’s only flat track roller derby league, RGV Bandidas, is preparing for the much awaited season opener of 2018, and the skaters are ready for battle. The RGV Bandidas will be facing off against the Monterrey All Stars Roller Derby League. The last time these two teams played against each other was in 2016, where the RGV Bandidas defeated the league from Mexico. The Monterrey team has since recruited new players and increased their competitive roster in the past year. This international showdown will occur in Harlingen where the RGV Bandidas will host the Monterrey All Stars in this epic battle on Saturday evening, February 17th, 2018 at Hot Skating Rink.

This bout will occur two weeks after the Roller Derby 2018 World Cup where some of the Monterrey All Stars will be competing as part of Team Mexico. Roller derby has been around since the early 1900s; however, the resurgence of roller derby was popularized thanks to media exposure and movies like “Whip It”. The sport has grown so much that the last WFTDA Championship game was featured on ESPN this past November 2017. The local roller derby leagues are bringing the hard-hitting action for the RGV community to experience up close and personal. Attendees can be submerged in the action by purchasing “VIP Seats” which are located on the actual skating rink! It’s a unique sporting experience that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.

The revival of modern day roller derby was initiated in Austin, Texas in the early 2000s by a grassroots group of women. Since, then the sport has grown immensely as several leagues both banked and flat track have been created across the U.S. and around the globe. For some, the sport is a great workout, a chance to be a part of a team. For others, it is a way of life, and a place to let off some steam. Whatever the reason for joining, it is indisputable that through your roller derby journey you grow as an individual, you meet people who you might have never crossed paths with, you become a part of a sisterhood.

DATE: Saturday, February 17th, 2018

TIME: Doors open at 6:00 pm, bout starts at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Hot Skating Rink 1320 N 28TH Street, Harlingen, TX 78550

TICKETS: Presale tickets are available at: www.rgvbandidas.com