Charm City Roller Girls see record crowds, contemplate move
The Charm City Roller Girls need a bigger place to play.
For the past few years, Baltimore's all-female roller derby league has performed at Du Burns Arena in Canton. These days, Du Burns is starting to feel a little snug for the Roller Girls.
Approximately 1,800 people have turned out for the past few bouts this season, according to roller girl Hilary "Rosie the
Riveter Rioter" Rosensteel. They've had to turn away people from at least one event.
"The crowds keep topping off," she said. "We're going to have to look somewhere else." ...
"We'd have to work on our marketing," she said. "I bet we could bring in more people, but I don't know."
Such a move wouldn't be out of the ordinary. Roller derby leagues in Seattle and Chicago are consistently bringing in crowds of around 5,000, Rosensteel said. But the girls would be sad to say goodbye to Du Burns.
"Du Burns has been unbelievably welcoming and friendly."
At least Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake is on their side. Not only has Rawlings-Blake been to at least one bout, she wanted to join the team at one point, according to spokesman Ryan O'Doherty.
"She expressed sincere interest, but being a mother and a mayor makes for a packed schedule," he wrote in an e-mail.
Ms. Mayor, please let me know if you change your mind. I'd love to see you get in the rink and cause a ruckus.
(Photo by Seth Sawyers)