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Spudtown Knockdown

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Qwest Arena, home of the Idaho Stampede, will be hosting a very different stampede Saturday, Sept. 4-Sunday, Sept. 5, with the first-ever Spudtown Knockdown. Those interested in fast-paced oval tracks, wheels and contact sports might be under the wrong impression here. There are no cars, but there will be a super slick roller derby smackdown featuring eight women's teams, each with eight wheels under their feet.

Two teams each consisting of five members will compete at a time. Each team creates what is called a pack, which includes one jammer (the scorer), three blockers (the defense) and one pivot (a blocker who can later become a jammer).

You can check out all this action for yourself at the Qwest Arena on Saturday, Sept. 4, starting at 10 a.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 5, at noon. A full weekend pass is $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids 12 and younger. Those who can't handle a full weekend of roller skating intensity or cannot take the adrenaline rush two days in a row can purchase a single adult ticket for $15 or a kid's ticket for $7.50.

Teams from Seattle; Edmonton, Wash.; Tacoma, Wash.; Edmonton, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Salt Lake City; Tucson, Ariz.; and Ogden, Utah, will be competing alongside our very own Treasure Valley Roller Girls. These girls may be tough on the course, but they do have a sensitive side. The TV Roller Girls have been involved in community events such as Rake-Up Boise and Paint the Town and have volunteered with the Idaho Food Bank. Roll or walk over to the Qwest Arena this weekend and support the TV Roller Girls.