Roller derby rocks downtown for season opener

Whether his comment was inspired by the sprawling line to purchase tickets, the packed lobby of extended families or the 20-minute wait for an $8.50 can of Miller Lite, one spectator summed up the scene perfectly as he entered Municipal Auditorium Saturday night: “Wow, this has gotten legit.”

It was the first bout of the season for Kansas City’s four-team, all-women roller derby league. Now in their fifth year, the Roller Warriors have moved up: from a Northland skating rink to the cavernous concrete and metal bleachers of Hale Arena to a prime-time event in downtown Kansas City.

And, in their 2009 opener, these athletes didn’t disappoint the more than 2,000 screaming fans.

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