RollerCon is one of the major events on the annual roller derby calendar. Part training camp, part multi-bout extravaganza, and all party, the 2015 edition will be all of that and more. It’s the tenth anniversary of the original worldwide derby convention, and as it usually happens when institutions celebrate major milestones, a lot of people will want to be there. This year, people wasted absolutely no time reserving their spots on the guest list.
Passes for RollerCon went on sale at midnight on Black Friday. A total of 1,750 MVP passes were made available, the ones that let skaters participate in on-skates training sessions, in addition to the usual challenge bouts, scrimmages, seminars, and social events.
Just 12 hours later, 1,150 were sold—and the remaining lot was going fast:
Twenty-four hours after passes went on sale, the available quantity dipped below 200. It only took another 11 hours for those to go too, leaving RollerCon with its fastest-ever MVP pass sell-out in just shy of 35 hours. That’s one $149 pass sold almost every minute!
If you didn’t get a super-fancy MVP pass, fear not. You still have options to get into RollerCon. The standard skater pass is plentiful, now at the early-bird price of $99. For the lookie-loos among us, the off-skates (formerly spectator) pass is extra-cheap this far out at only $49. Pass prices go up every month from now until ‘Con time, so the sooner you buy, the more you save.
If you really really really need an MVP pass and access to the training classes to learn from the best derby coaches and trainers in the world, however, you still have a chance of getting one. Between now and July, some MVP pass holders will inevitably cancel and be refunded. This makes those passes available again, at which point anyone is free to purchase them on a first-come, first-served basis.
RolllerCon sporadically announces MVP pass re-availability on its Facebook page once a block is released, so you might want to check that out regularly. A more direct and accurate way of seeing if any MVPs are out there is to go to the Brown Paper Tickets event page directly, which always displays how many are remaining.
However, it is recommend that interested attendees get a regular skater pass now, even if they would like an MVP pass in the future. Passes can be cancelled and be refunded after bagging premiere admission. This may be the safest bet of them all, because for the first time in its 10-year history, RollerCon believes it is “very possible” that the entire event will sell out.
RollerCon 2015 will be held once again at the Riviera Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. starting July 22.