Lilac City Roller Derby

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Lilac City Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Spokane, WA
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams Spokane Sass (A team - women)
Abominations (men's team)
Spokane Wendigo (junior team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Pattison's North Roller Rink
Affiliations WFTDA MRDA JRDA
Org. type 501c3

Lilac City Roller Derby is a flat track roller derby league based in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 2006, the league consists of a women's team, an affiliated men's team, and a supported junior roller derby team. Lilac City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History and organization[edit]

Lilac City was founded by Stacie Ellis in 2006, the first flat-track roller derby league in the city, and began competing with leagues from across the northwest in its second season.[2] The league was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in July 2010,[3] and became a full member of the WFTDA in March 2012.[4]

In 2013 Lilac City Roller Girls relocated their practice facility to a rented warehouse in Airway Heights, and began holding their bouts at the Spokane Fairgrounds, and the Spokane Convention Center for larger events. That year Lilac City added Spokane’s first all-male roller derby team, the River City Wreckers as well as a new coed team, the Quad Forsaken.

In 2017, following a reorganization, the Lilac City Roller Girls became Lilac City Roller Derby.[5] Their all-women's team dropped the gap-toothed princess and re-branded as the Spokane Sass. The league includes an Men's Roller Derby Association (MRDA) apprentice Sass men's team, the Abominations, and a new Sass junior team, the Wendigo.

WFTDA rankings[edit]

former league logo

While Lilac City became a WFTDA member in 2012, they have yet to be ranked by the WFTDA.

In the community[edit]

In 2011, the league cleaned up a space underneath Interstate 90 to use for practice.[6]


  1. ^ "Lilac City Roller Derby – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Rainey Coffin, "Wheel-life adventures", The Spokesman-Review, April 7, 2011
  3. ^ "WFTDA Apprentice Program welcomes 16 new leagues Archived 2010-09-12 at the Wayback Machine.", 8 July 2010
  4. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Member Leagues Archived 2016-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.", 1 March 2012
  5. ^ "Spokane Roller Derby: Time For Change - Lilac City Roller Derby". 24 February 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  6. ^ McKay Allen, "Roller girls take back 'filthy' practice rink", KXLY, September 13, 2011