Games at Thayer Arena: FAQ
Games at Thayer Arena: FAQ
Thinking of attending a Providence Roller Derby game? We’re thrilled to have you! Our fans are some of the best in the New England area, and we really love the passion and excitement they bring to our games.
What’s roller derby?
Only one of the best up-and-coming sports in the world! Roller derby is played on quad roller skates and an oval track — in the past, we’ve described it as “a cross between hockey, rugby, and speed skating,” but you really have to see a game to get the full experience. Providence Roller Derby is a part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the officially-recognized organization for our sport, and it has an excellent explainer if you’d like more details before you see your first game.
Who is Providence Roller Derby?
PROVIDENCE ROLLER DERBY, founded in 2004, is the premier all-female, flat-track roller derby league in New England. We are committed to fostering a positive, inclusive and supportive environment for all women to engage and participate in the sport of roller derby.
As a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, PRD competes against other leagues with our internationally-ranked all-stars, the Rhode Island Riveters; they are currently in the top 100 teams in the world.
In addition to our all-stars, the league includes:
- a farm travel team, the Killah Beez
- three local teams that compete intraleague: The Mob Squad, Old Money Honeys, and Sakonnet River Roller Rats
- a dedicated group of skating officials, non-skating officials, announcers, and volunteers
PRD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS and the state of RI, is also active in our greater community: We partner with the Amos House every year for the Get Gored for Good charity run, run donation drives, and volunteer around the Providence area.
Where is Thayer Arena?
Thayer Arena is located at 975 Sandy Lane, in West Warwick, RI.
Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets via Ticketleap, or at the door! Our prices vary depending on whether we’re playing a single game, double-header, our tournament, but expect prices ranging between $15 and $35, with discounts for kids and seniors.
What’s the parking situation like?
Thayer has plenty of parking in its two lots; here’s an official map to help you find a spot.
You mentioned kids — is roller derby family-friendly?
Absolutely! We love our pint-sized fans and we strive to keep every game G- or PG-rated. We even have a special Fan Zone for kid-specific activities.
Can I bring fan stuff (signs, face paint, etc)?
Please do! Our skaters love it.
What about photography or videography?
Amateur photography and videography is welcome — and please tag #provrollerderby (or @provrollerderby) if you’re going to post it on social media so that we can share it!
If you’re a professional photographer or plan to bring pro equipment (a DSLR, tripod, etc), please contact our Game Coordinator to apply for official photography credentials.
What kind of seating is available?
Thayer Arena offers bleacher seating if you want a birds-eye view of the track, but we also offer floor-side seating for those who want to be close to the action. You’re welcome to bring chairs, blankets, cushions, and blow-up sofas for your floor-side seating, but please be courteous to your fellow fans — no ladders, please.
What about food?
We don’t allow outside food during a Providence Roller Derby game (save for medically-required circumstances), but Thayer Arena has a great food kiosk that provides all sorts of munchies.
Is there alcohol available?
Yes! Providence Roller Derby is proudly sponsored by Narragansett Beer (Hi Neighbor!), and we’re happy to provide several varieties along with beer and wine during our games.
Do you sell Providence Roller Derby merch?
Heck yes! We offer all sorts of t-shirts, bandannas, sweatshirts, and more at our games so that you can be decked out while you root for our Riveters, Bees, Mob Squad, Rats, and Old Money Honeys.
Do you have outside vendors, too?
We do! We love highlighting local businesses and members of the RI community: If you’re interested in becoming a vendor yourself, please contact our volunteer coordinator.
Do you need volunteers?
Always. We couldn’t put on games without the help of our Riveter Fan Brigade: If you’re interested in helping out at a game, it’s a great way to get free admission to future Providence games, discounted merch, and more! Email our volunteer coordinator for more details.
Who do I talk to if I want to learn how to play roller derby?
If you’re interested in becoming a part of Providence Roller Derby, we’d love to have you — we currently run tri-monthly recruitment training, and have a rolling on-boarding process for officials and volunteers.
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