Hundreds turn out for annual Detroit Roller Derby Star Wars bout

DRD AllStar Jilleanne Rookard jumps over blockers in the April 22 game.  Photo: Phil Conners

DRD AllStar Jilleanne Rookard jumps over blockers in the April 22 game.

Photo: Phil Conners

DETROIT, MI) The force was strong with the Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) and the hundreds of fans who turned out for the league's annual Star Wars game on Saturday. New this year, the skaters on DRD's All-Star Travel Team were divided in half and battled each other! It was the Rebel Alliance in red verse the Empire in black. It was close throughout most of the game. However, in the second half, the Empire pushed ahead and secured their galactic win. The final score 208 to 151.

Many thanks to the Great Lakes Garrison 501st Legion who looked amazing in their various Star Wars costumes. Countless pictures were snapped with them during the single header game creating some out of this world memories.

Also, a big shout out to those who generously donated to the Downtown Youth Boxing gym program on Saturday. The league was able to give them the necessary supplies to continue to empower area kids through education, mentorship, and athletics. The organization certainly appreciates the derby love!

If you missed out on Saturday's game, don't worry another one is already in the works. On May 20th, Detroit Men's Roller Derby will play against the St. Louis B Keepers inside Detroit's historic Masonic Temple. The Motor City Disassembly Line will also take on the Lansing Derby Vixens in their season opener. Tickets are currently available at You can also get them at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $15 in advance. Doors open at 5:00pm. The first whistle will blow at 6:00pm.

The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. There is plenty of parking onsite. The Detroit Masonic Temple is the largest building of its kind in the entire world with more than a thousand rooms. It has hosted hundreds of weddings, concerts and served as the back drop for many Hollywood movies.

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