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LISA PHILLIPS, aka Lisa Lawless of The Oakland Outlaws (left) and Vanessa Williams, aka Fighty Irish of San Francisco ShEvil Dead (center), battle during roller derby action on April 1, 2006, at Dry Ice Hockey Arena in Oakland. The Bay Area Derby Girls are coming back to town Saturday for a match between the Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead. (MERI SIMON MediaNews staff file)
OAKLAND - IT'S HOME sweet home for the Bay Area Derby Girls, the ravens of the roller rink who are coming back to town for a skatedown Saturday between the Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead.

The homecoming is the hard-hitting B.A.D. Girls' first bout in Oakland since last spring, when the city prohibited large crowds at their rink, the Dry Ice Hockey Arena, just days before a match.

Dry Ice managers completed the fixes, so flat-track roller derby is back in town.

More then 600 fans can sit on the edge of the track, or snag a couch on one of two vista platforms for a bird's-eye view of the first bruising of the 2008 season.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; the madness starts at 9 p.m. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets, available at http://www.bayareaderbygirls.com, are $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

Dry Ice Roller Hockey Arena is located at 210 Hegenberger Loop. Free street parking is available, but limited. Car pooling and use of public transit is encouraged. The venue is accessible by AC Transit Bus 50, which connects to the Coliseum BART station.


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