Media Contact: Shannon Rae & Cory Hamilton
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020
Madison Roller Derby cancels March 14 game at Alliant Energy Center
In light of Gov. Tony Evers’ declaration of a public health emergency for Wisconsin and growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Madison Roller Derby today decided to cancel their game planned for March 14 at the Alliant Energy Center.
The decision was made with input from league members and based on the best available public health recommendations, with thanks to the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA), Public Health Dane County, and other entities offering guidance in this difficult time. MRD takes its role as a community member seriously and wants to do everything in our power to ensure the health and safety of our members, our fans, and our community at large. In short, this is the right thing to do.
We will be issuing automatic refunds for tickets already purchased online for this weekends’ game. Tickets purchased in person at an outlet will be honored at any future MRD home game.
With that in mind, we are also humbly asking that anyone who is able donate directly to our league in lieu of attending the game this weekend, to help us cover the sunk costs of the venue and promotion. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at www.madisonrollerderby.org/our-home.html.
As an all-volunteer, grassroots organization that relies on revenue from our public games to keep us going, the cancellation will be financially difficult to weather. We’re hopeful, though, that with support from the community and our many skaters and volunteers, we’ll be able to keep rolling for many years to come.
Keep your eyes peeled, too, as we look for new dates to hopefully reschedule this game and any others we may need to cancel due to continued health concerns.
MRD wishes to thank all our incredible fans and supporters and apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause. We hope that by taking proactive steps to limit exposure, however, we can do our small part to flatten the curve of infection rates and prevent this from becoming an even bigger strain on our families and neighbors and health care providers.
Gaile Schwickrath (aka Just Alice), Executive Director
Emily Mills (aka Hammer Abby), General Manager
The Madison Roller Derby Executive Board & the entire league