Elizabeth "Juanna Rumbel" Gomez and Kelly "Sister Sledgehammer" Simmons could never have imagined what was in store for them when Juanna brought the idea of roller derby back from a trip to Austin, Texas, the derby revival capital. In September of 2004, that little idea became a reality when the pair recruited and formed Chicago's premiere all-female flat track derby league--the Windy City Rollers.
The first season started in 2005 at Chicago's historic Congress Theater, where they attracted the largest derby audience any flat track team had seen at the time. After realizing that the small track at the Congress was detrimental to their success on a national level, they relocated to The Stadium in Cicero for their second season. As bouts began selling out the 1,500-capacity Cicero Stadium, the league looked into finding a space in its namesake city that would enable league growth to continue at the same rapid pace. An agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago was formalized in July 2008 that made the UIC Pavilion the league's new home.
The Windy City Rollers have been proud members of WFTDA (Womens Flat Track Derby Association) since its inception. The Windy City Roller All-Stars are a Division 1 ranked team.
For the future, the Windy City Rollers are focused on remaining a force in the national flat track derby arena. They strive to make roller derby synonymous with Chicago, as they remain tied to their home and especially to their fans. By continuing to train hard, the league will dominate in competition nationwide and keep the local regular season exciting and competitive.
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