WHAT TONIGHT AT CHAIFETZ MEANS FOR THE LEAGUE
“It’s a big deal for me for it’s the first time that the league has played at Chaifetz. It’s something that we’ve always dreamed about ever since we started playing. We’ve been skating in a lot of different venues, especially on the road, and we’ve seen what works for different cities. We’ll have a venue that really allows people to experience derby the way that it should be experienced. People will be able to see well. It will do a lot for the city, as well as for our league.” South City Shiner - Jammer, Stunt Devils
“This is what we’ve inspired to do from the beginning so this is all about bring our dreams to fruition. This is going to be pretty amazing. I will be very nervous. I still get nervous coming to Queeny Park, so I’m going to be very nervous there.” The Educator – Jammer/Blocker, Smashinistas
“It’s going to be so many different things. It’s going to be culmination of a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to be nervous up until game time. But when the game happens, that’s going to be my time to have fun.” Black Market Baby – Jammer, M-80s
“It’s going to be pretty great. It’s going to be the first game in the city and that’s pretty monumental and I hope that we have a really great turnout. I’m going to be pretty nervous. It’s such a big venue.” Party Foul – Co-Captain, Rebel Skate Alliance
“It’s going to be the night that the Stunt Devils win the 2012 local season championship but it’s also going to be the first time that the Arch Rival Roller Girls are going to have a bout in the city of St. Louis. That’s really exciting for all of us.” Biohazard Betty – Blocker, Stunt Devils
“Personally, Chaifez is a year and a half of blood, sweat, and tears coming together for one great night of really fun derby. It’s my first championship and I feel so honored to be playing with the Smashies and against RSA. Derby has given me a confidence and competitiveness that I never knew was in me and I want to thank my team and the other players that have spent time coaching me by playing my heart out.” Harsha Punishment – Blocker, Smashinistas
“Personally, it’s going to be pretty huge for me because I’ve been around ARRG for a long time and it’s going to be the biggest thing that they have ever put on. It’s going to be one of the biggest venues that I’ve ever skated on. I hope that we can pack it full. It’s going to be a show and I’m going to be very proud to skate there.” Rhino-Might – Blocker/Jammer, M-80s
“As a city resident, I think this is where ARRG should be playing. I am extremely excited to play in such a great venue during my rookie season. I appreciate all of the hard work that all of the women in ARRG, past and present, have done to make this night of derby possible.” The Oregon Betrayal – Blocker, Rebel Skate Alliance
“I’m going to be nervous. I’m going to be going out for my third local championship in hopefully what will be thousands of people. It’s a really amazing day for us from where we started and all the work that we’ve gone through all through the years. It feels that we are on the map as a real legitimate sport in St. Louis and I’m really excited to see how many people we can get out.” Mayor Francis Slayer – Pivot, Stunt Devils
“I am stoked and so proud to be a member of ARRG as we play at Chaifetz. We are taking risks, the public is becoming more aware of derby culture, and it’s going to be one heck of a fun night. People are getting excited about roller derby! Skating with the Smashies at Chaifetz will be unforgettable!” Downtown Dallis – Co-Captain, Smashinistas
“Playing at Chaifetz will definitely be a highlight of my derby career. I started playing on a team around March of 2010 and I like the fact that I’ve gotten to experience the growth of this league from one venue to the next. Playing derby in the city limits of St. Louis is what this league has been waiting for. This is ARRG history in the making and I get to be a part of it! Tonight, there’s going to be a million different emotions rushing over me. I already know that I’m going to be proud of my team, no matter the outcome. And I’m sure the entire league will feel a sense of accomplishment after our first two successful bouts at Chaifetz.” Munchausen by Foxy – Jammer, M-80s
“I’m excited about playing at Chaifetz, but it will be more like a throwback to my days in Chicago since the Windy City Rollers play at the UIC Pavilion. I imagine I’ll feel a little more “at home” at Chaifetz than at Queeny…. really looking forward to it!” Beaster Bunny, Rebel Skate Alliance
“Tonight is going to mean so much to me because as I am not a part of the travel team this season, this will be my last local game of 2012. That’s huge. I’ve never had a season where I didn’t skate both locally and on the travel team.” Artemischief – Jammer, Stunt Devils
“Party! Before the whistle it’s all nerves, but after that and after your first hit, it’s game on.” May Require Stitches – Blocker/Jammer, M-80s
“I have personally never been to Chaifetz Arena, but from what I understand, this is a really big venue. I am really stoked to be playing in such a large and popular place. Also, the competitive vibe between the local teams is just amazing. Being at Chaifetz is another milestone I can mark down on my roller derby ‘to do’ list and ARRG is graciously guiding me down the right avenues for success.” Eveready – Jammer/Blocker, Rebel Skate Alliance
“It is absolutely amazing to realize that I will be playing at Chaifetz. If I had decided to take up roller derby any later than I had, I would not have this opportunity. It is awesome to see how much it means to the ARRG players who have been around for years, too. I feel like I’m part of history-in-the-making!” Brickyard – Jammer, Smashinistas
“When I moved to St. Louis at the end of 2010, my Dad and I were driving around and he saw Chaifetz and asked me what it was and who played there. I, of course, responded in my RotN way, ‘How would I know. I just moved here.’ When I was drafted (earlier this year), I called my Dad and said ‘You remember that big dome building and you asked me about who played there?’ Of course he did and I said, “Well I play there, that is who!” - Dollyrot N – Blocker, Stunt Devils
“Playing at Chaifetz will be a monumental point in my life. I will be retiring after the end of the home season, so this will be my last game. It will represent how far the league, and myself as an individual, have come. Making such a huge upgrade in venue will also mean that nobody knows what the future holds… and the possibilities are endless. It will also be the first home game without Fojammi, and that will be bittersweet.” Punches Pile-Up – Blocker, Smashinistas
“Playing at Chaifetz is huge to me. It feels like we’re taking it to the next level by bouting at a next level venue. It’s really exciting to be playing our championship bout there. Hopefully, we can get our fans excited to watch us play there and generate more fans to continue to keep St. Louis derby growing. Who knows how big we can grow enthusiasm for the sport?” Toe Stop Believin’ – Blocker, Stunt Devils
“Tonight is huge for the non-skating officials. Not only is it the local season Championship but it will be the first time working in a venue the size of Chaifetz Arena for most of the NSOs. It’s an opportunity for the NSOs to show how well they do their jobs in a big-event setting. I’m excited about working
a bout there and hopefully there will be a great turn out for the Championship, which could possibly lead to more bouts being held at Chaifetz in the future.” Scott Oblivious – ARRG Head Non-Skating Official
“As one of the ‘original’ Arch Rival Roller Girls, the championship at the Chaifetz is ridiculously exciting. I remember when we were excited to fill that little roller rink in Columbia for our first ‘pink and black bout’. I remember thinking, ‘Whoa. people are actually paying to see us play our sport.’ As the league progressed and we started playing games at the All-American, and now at Queeny Park, I didn’t doubt that we could play at a venue like the Chaifetz. But now that the day is here it is pretty surreal. The Jeerleaders cannot wait to perform at the Chaifetz. We are so happy to have the opportunity and we hope to make the rest of the league proud with our performance. I have no doubt the crowd will be wowed by our Jeertastic moves.” Miss Lippy – Retired skater & ARRG Jeerleader
“Playing at Chaifetz. What an opportunity for this league! We FINALLY have a bout within city limits, and we FINALLY have a big, flashy venue to play in (even if just once). I’m a little jealous of other leagues that have nicer venues with more seating (and sometimes more fans). Okay, more than a little. I’ve wanted ARRG to fill a place like Chaifetz all season long. I think getting our skate in the door is a major first step. For me personally, I am just so excited about the championship bouts! It’s going to be really awesome to be skating on the sweet, sweet concrete floor of Chaifetz Arena in front of tons of our fans. I am just super excited that we are able to pull this off for ourselves and for our fans.” Ginny Beastley - Blocker, Rebel Skate Alliance
“Chaifetz is kind of my baby. I’ve been dealing with a lot of the behind scenes planning and have put a lot of effort into making this event work. When we were selling out the All American, I could not grasp why we couldn’t play at a venue like Chaifetz. I was convinced it could be done. So I made some phone calls and sent many emails, and with a lot of work by a lot of dedicated league members, it’s on our schedule.
Being able to hold our Championship bout at Chaifetz Arena is a great accomplishment for the league. It shows that the sport of roller derby is only continuing to grow in spectatorship and showmanship. And, it’s a testament to the longevity of the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Most importantly, playing at Chaifetz, gives us the opportunity to finally play for the St. Louis community in a St. Louis City venue. Playing at Chaifetz feels like a homecoming of sorts.” Shimmy Hoffa – Co-captain, Smashinistas
Tickets for tonight’s championship are still available at the Chaifetz box office today from 10am – 2 pm. VIP FLOOR SEATING IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT. Bowl seating tickets are still available at $15 adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Box office re-opens at 6 pm tonight. At that time, tickets are $20 for bowl seating and $6 in bowl seating for children 10 and under.
For updates throughout the day, please go to ARRG’s Facebook Page.
A full recap of tonight’s bouts will be featured in this section of the website on Monday, April 30.
COMING UP TOMORROW AT 8 AM FOR ARRG’s “30n30”: Derby action continues next weekend for the league. The ARRG All-Stars – ranked sixth in the WFTDA North Central – returns to Midwest Sport Hockey to battle a hard-charging Indiana squad that looks to make a push towards the top ten. Plus, the Saint Lunachix looks to keep its perfect record intact in the undercard. We’ll preview both bouts. On Sunday, we preview ARRG’s bouts on Saturday, May 5 against Bleeding Heartland.
ARRG’s “30n30” is a daily feature that examines different aspects of the Arch Rival Roller Girls – St. Louis’ first female flat-track roller derby franchise. In this section every morning at 8 AM for the entire month of April, a new feature will be presented.
Other installments of ARRG’s “30n30″: PRE-SERIES SET-UP (1) EVOLUTION (2) THE DREAM TO PLAY AT CHAIFETZ (3) LOCAL SEASON RECAP (4) ARRG ALL-STARS (5) SAINT LUNACHIX (6) ROOKIE RIVALS (7) REFEREES & NSOs (8) PRE-BOUT RITUALS (9) POST-BOUT RITUALS (10) GUERILLA UNCAGED – NO MINORS (11) ARRG VS. MEMPHIS PREVIEW (12) CHARITY (13) CHAIFETZ PUBLICITY (14) McWHEELY PHOTOGRAPHY (15) GUERILLA UNCAGED – DERBY NAMES (16) ARRG ALL-STARS VS. MEMPHIS RECAP (17) JEERLEADERS (18) SKATING MOMS (19) LUNACHIX VS. SIRG PREVIEW (20) GUERILLA UNCAGED – DERBY INJURIES (21) CHAIFETZ ANTICIPATION (22) LUNACHIX VS. SIRG RECAP (23) REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE (24) THE SMASHINISTAS (25) THE-M-80s (26) THE STUNT DEVILS (27) CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW