Not just a place where people mistakenly believe the US Constitution provides free land to cattle ranchers, Oregon is also home to Eugene's Emerald City Roller Derby. Once a year ECRG hosts a tournament mysteriously named The Big O.
The best derby competitors from around the world fly to Eugene for this tournament. Very few take the Animal House tour.
Eugene, OR, May 4-6, 2018: Emerald City Roller Derby (ECRD) will once again be hosting the annual Big O Roller Derby Tournament at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, Oregon, featuring world class adult and junior derby teams from around the world. We are proud to be able to host WFTDA, MRDA and JRDA sanctioned bouts featuring some of the top roller derby teams from around the globe. We kick off the weekend on Friday, May 4th with the top 2 ranked junior teams Santa Cruz Derby Groms and Seattle Derby Brats battling it out at 8:30pm. Join us for 2 exciting top-level match-ups Saturday, May 5th as the #1 St. Louis Gatekeepers take on Bridgetown Roller Derby at 6pm, then #1 Victorian Roller Derby League goes head to head with Angel City Derby Girls at 8pm. The full schedule can be found online at http://ecrg.com/bigo/schedule/ along with info on the venue, special offers, local events and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. The Big O brings more than 4000 athletes, parents and fans annually to the Eugene area and we expect the turnout this year to be bigger than ever! Volunteer opportunities are available for visiting teams and fans as well – contact us for more info on how YOU can help to make this year’s Big O the best yet.
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