“I”m a fan of the sport,” she said. “I hear the players on the radio and I know they get out into the community and do volunteer work, so I want to support them.
“My daughter is here tonight and she’s only 7 so I don’t think she gets a lot of it. But she’s looking forward to going down to the floor afterwards and meeting the skaters and getting autographs.”
Keri Silvernagel, who lives in Minneapolis, has seen some derby bouts up there and was in town last year for both home dates.
“It’s just fun to watch,” she said. “The skates look like they’re working hard but they’re still having a good time.”
One of the reasons she comes to the MAD girls bouts is because she has a connection to the team.
Her boyfriend’s sister, Slamra Sue, is a member of the squad. She broke her ankle last year and there were doubts she would return, but she made it back and her friends and relatives are still coming out to support her.
Joe Ruch was another first-time attendee on Saturday and said it’s likely he’ll come back.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “I don’t understand all the rules yet but I’m learning. I thought it would be more physical just from what you see in movies and what you hear from other people, but they like to mix it up.”
Ruch said he’d never heard of the MAD girls until Friday when a friend called him up and said he some suite tickets and would he like to go. He thought it was an offer he couldn’t pass up so he said OK.