Have questions about Shriners? Here are (we hope) answers to all of your queries and curiosities.
Where is the game?
99 Fordham Rd, Wilmington, MA 01887
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By car: Shriners is just 15 minutes north of Boston at exit 39 on I-93. Bear right after the exit and turn left at the first light onto Fordham Road. On game days, you will usually see a large sign pointing the way to roller derby. Shriners is all the way at the end of Fordham Rd. There is ample FREE parking on site.
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By rail: Take the Haverhill Commuter Rail line from North Station towards Haverhill and get off at North Wilmington. Walking to Shriners is… doable, but as it’s about 2.5 miles, we recommend taking a taxi.
Abacus Taxi & Delivery Service: (978) 944-0674
Wilmington Taxi: (978) 658-3859
Errand Boy Express: (978) 988-8800
When are the next Shriners games?
Check out our handy schedule!
When does Shriners open?
Doors open at 4PM, and the first game starts at 5PM. Get there early for best seating (unless you already have trackside seating tickets!). You can also use that extra time to get a drink in the Fez Room or buy a yummy snack from one of our awesome vendors.
Where can I get tickets?
Before the game, you can pick up tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets; on game day, at the door (if we’re not sold out). We recommend getting tickets online, however, as our games tend to sell out.
You can pick up tickets through Brown Paper Tickets; online sales end at 12PM on the day of the event. Tickets can be either mailed or picked up at the door; if you order less than two weeks before the game, we suggest picking tickets up at the door.
On game day, tickets will be available first-come, first-serve at the door starting at 4PM. The box office will be open from 4PM-7PM for purchase and will-call pickup.
I’m a first-timer. What should I know before going to a game?
Roller derby is a full contact sport played on roller skates! Our league plays on the flat track under the rules of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and is made up of ladies age 21 and older.
Roller derby in a nutshell: Each team has up to five players on the track each—4 blockers and 1 jammer. The blockers stay in a pack playing defense and offence at the same time! The jammer, the skater with the star on her helmet, scores points by passing opposing blockers!
WFTDA has a great FAQ for first-timers, and we’ve written our own How to Watch Roller Derby guide. If you want to nerd out on roller derby’s many rules and regulations, you can check out Rules Central. Lastly, if you only have a few minutes, we suggest watching this video for a quick primer.
Are your games family-friendly?
Yes, we’re as family friendly as any other sporting event! We love seeing families, kids, and even birthday parties at our games, we even offer special kids pricing for tickets. Most skaters play under fun pseudonyms, and some of them may be PG or PG-13, but our announcers and vendors keep it PG at all times.
If you want to screen skater names ahead of time, just check out our Team pages.
What about pet-friendly? My dog is my family!
While we love animals, we unfortunately can’t allow them inside Shriners. Please leave Bowser and Fluffy at home. (Service animals are permitted, per MA law.)
How long is a game?
Roller derby games have two 30 minute halves with a running clock (except during timeouts) and a 15 minute halftime. This means that games usually last between 90 minutes and two hours. With the first whistle at 5PM, the first game should end by 6:30PM, and the second game should end no later than 9PM.
How loud are these games?
When the auditorium is packed, Shriners can get pretty loud, derby is exciting! But the space is big enough that sound isn’t usually a problem. It doesn’t get close to the decibels you’d experience at TD Garden, for example. If you’re comfortable at any professionals sports arena, you’ll be fine at Shriners. However, if you’re sensitive to sound, you should probably bring earplugs, just to be safe.
Are the seats assigned?
Nope, seating is general admission, so get there early to sit with your friends and get the best seats! We do offer special trackside seating for ticket holders available on a first come first serve basis.
Can you accommodate a large group? I want to bring all of my co-workers, Girl Scout Troop, my bachelor/bachelorette party, etc.
Yes, but get there early as seating isn’t reserved in advance! Shriners can hold more than 1,000 fans—hopefully you aren’t inviting your entire town.
Is there accessible seating?
Yes! There are reserved seating areas for folks in wheelchairs and with ambulatory impairments.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself, your friends, and a cheering spirit. (Learn our Boston cheer here.) Please don’t bring any spirits or alcohol: Although Shriners allows alcoholic beverages, you must purchase them in house, and we want to respect their policies.
Where are the restrooms?
There are two sets of bathrooms. The first pair is located in the main lobby area to the right of the merch tables. The second is located on the far left corner of the Fez room.
Will there be food and beverages?
YES! Shriners offers food for purchase, including alcoholic beverages for those over 21 years of age. We also have food vendors stationed in the lobby selling cannolis and cupcakes.
Will there be booze?
Yep! Shriners has a full bar with beers on tap. Drink wisely.
What about merch?
Merchandise will be available for purchase in the main lobby; grab your merch before the game to cheer your favorite team!
Can I bring cameras?
We want you to remember your good time, so phones and non-professional point and shoot cameras are welcome! If you’re a professional photographer or have professional gear, you’ll want to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to shoot at our games!
Don’t forget to hashtag any Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter posts with #itsderbytime or #bostonderbydames so that we can find it and showcase it after the game!
I have a different question. Who can I contact?
We can answer any other query you have if you drop us an email.