Rat City Rollergirls on the Move - to Shoreline

Monday, July 15, 2013

Currently skating at Key Arena, some events will be
scheduled for the Shoreline location.
Copyright, Marc Weinberg

Text and Photography by Marc Weinberg

Wow, look who is coming to town?

Rat City in the green is trying to keep the other teams 'jammer'
from squeezing past them which will score points.
Copyright, Marc Weinberg

Rat City Rollergirls have signed a new lease and are in the process of becoming our newest neighbor. They are currently renovating the property know as the 'Mattress Factory' on Aurora, just south of the YMCA and a little north of Sky Nursery.

Rat City's jammer is taking a fall. Notice the fans in the background
Copyright, Marc Weinberg

They will be a great addition to our community with their progressive outlook on life and their giving attitude, especially toward women and children. Of course they'll provide the thrills and spills of their sport which is crammed full of action. So stay tuned for another article sometime in August with more about their programs.

For a closer look at their history have a look at their website

Alyssa Hoppe, Chief Operating Officer, welcomes inquiries directly.


Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 5:07 AM  

And what are they going to call Shoreline?

“Rat City” is the nickname for White Center, the area just south of Seattle’s city limits. There are a couple theories about the name; some people assume there was once a prolific rat problem in the 1940′s, others remember when there was a military Relocation and Training (RAT) Center in White Center during WWII, while others claim it’s an acronym for Restricted Alcohol Territory. No matter the origin, it’s a pretty badass name. We love it.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM  

Hooray! Shoreline can finally become respectably "bad ass" again. Still so sad about the loss of Parkers and the other true character of Shoreline and Aurora Ave N as a hub of "road house blues".

So will Shoreline now be "cool" too? Oh dear, we better ask the Shoreline School Dist is this is permissable to our image!

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM  

ps. Perhaps the new name could be the "Meek, Goody Two-shoes Rollers" now?

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM  

Well let's just say, it's gonna be a LOT easier for me to convince my friends to come to about because it's in Shoreline and not in KeyArena. Though watching bouts in a 5,000 seat arena is still pretty awesome too.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM  

Just so you know, most of the bouts will still be at the Key in Seattle. The bouts that happen at the facility in Shoreline will most likely be very restricted as to who is allowed in -- most of the events that happen at the practice facility aren't open to the public.

Alyssa Hoppe July 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM  

Rat City Rollergirls are very excited to be moving to Shoreline and plan to host public bouts in the new facility.

We won't be changing our name. ;-)

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM  

I guess Shoreline is a low rent district now, just like White Center if the old Mattress Factory is attractive enough in terms of a low ball price for this roller derby team to move all the way across the county.

Christopher Walkin'?,  July 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM  

The bigger facility is only going to help the Rat City Roller Girls grow roller derby in the northwest, which is already considered one of the largest hubs for the sport. The organization, skaters, training programs, and facilities are only some of the reasons RCRG is looked upon as a worldwide leader in the industry. Shoreline is lucky to have such a great new neighbor!
Anonymous = chicken.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM  

Anon @4:04 pm. Really? Shoreline was known as THE place to go for drugs and hookers when I was in my teens & 20s. It was considered extremely trashy. It was still a "great place for a cheap date" (if you know what I mean) just 15 years ago. I wouldn't go to any restaurant or night spot in Shoreline.

Now it's really nice, very cleaned up. Family friendly. Roller derby isn't "low rent" - strip clubs are. Wait - it's gone, too.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM  

Last one out, turn off the lights.

Anonymous,  July 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM  

If fan attendance at the bouts in the new shoreline facility is going to be very limited (just Season ticket holders/VIP's?) like the Ballard one, what would a typical fan have to be excited about? Skaters for sure, but how about a fan who wants to see All Star Derby?

Alyssa Hoppe July 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM  

The new Shoreline location is more than twice the size of the current Ballard location and while tickets will be limited compared to KeyArena, they will be available to the public, not just Season Ticket holders and VIPs. Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see all kinds of flat-track roller derby, including world-class All-Star competition.

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