What’s happening in Tampa Bay sports: Roller derby, Bucs-Steelers, dragon boat race

Summer Slam offers banked-track bruisin’ as the Shark Queens and the Beach Babes face off at Deadly Rival Roller Derby.
Published August 7

ROLLER DERBY: Summer Slam

It sounds like a made-for-SyFy movie as the Shark Queens meet the Beach Babes in Pinellas County’s Deadly Rival Roller Derby, which features Florida’s only banked track. There’s also music (DJs Deadly Rival and KillaHertz) with the mayhem as well as free beer and wine (21 and older, please). $15-$20, $40 VIP. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Slayground, 4033 35th St. N, St. Petersburg. Want to meet the skaters? There’s an after-party at the Wheelhouse, 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. eventbrite.com.

BUCS: It’s time for a presason test

Get a preview of your 2019 Buccaneers under new coach Bruce Arians when Tampa Bay visits the Pittsburgh Steelers for their preseason opener, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday. TV: NBC. Meanwhile, training camp continues, and digital tickets are still available for upcoming open practices. Free. 4 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. AdventHealth Training Center, 1 Buccaneer Place, Tampa. Parking is free with lots next to the training center open 1 ½ hours before practice. buccaneers.com.

ALSO PLAYING

The NBA Experience: The attraction opens Monday at Disney Springs, the Walt Disney World shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The House of Mouse promises “unique experiences that merge the magic of Disney with the thrills of the NBA and WNBA.” $29-$34. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. disneysprings.com.

Hockey tournament: Players 45 and older compete in the annual Goals for a Cause to benefit the 1Voice Foundation for children fighting cancer. Free. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Skating Academy, 225 Forest Lakes Drive, Oldsmar. (813) 545-4167.

Dragon boat race: Nine teams compete in the Mini Mad Paddler Rally — three 250-meter sprints — for bragging rights. Includes 21 drink tickets per boat. $300 per boat. 8 a.m. Saturday. Ricks on the River, 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-0369. meetup.com.

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