…the Bay Area Derby Girls and dozens of other leagues moved into venues that served them and the spectators better?
Last night I was able to see the San Francisco team and the Berkeley squad skate it out…..as always within this wonderful league it was fast, hard, skillful and exciting.
Herbst Pavilion, a former docking building for ships located on San Francisco Bay, was the place….The building sold out before game time. The crowd was great and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I spoke to one lady who was completing her MFA program at the Arts school in the City and asked her if she skated. She said no, but she loved Roller Derby and had first seen it as a high school student visiting in Hungary!
They had bleachers at one end that held about 600 people, maybe…..no seating on the sides (by far the best way to watch Derby), and chairs and just floor for the others.
So what if they were in a place they should be, as Rat City, Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Minnesota (if I don’t list you, you will let me know) are.
If negotiated properly, the leagues can make a lot more money and make more fans happier……I really feel that with the proper arena the game could have been played before at least 4000 people.
I have helped before (right, Hyman Heaven?), and probably get to people that you can’t. Between Roller Derby, BASS tickets and Ticketmaster, I have made a few contacts.
I am on facebook of course, my phone number is 707-935-7711. I am looking at the phone….nothing is happening….oh wait, I better post this first.