Cheer On These Dallas-Area Sports

Expand your sports fandom to include roller derby, drift racing and more.

There is plenty to be excited about in the next few months with the beginning of three major sports. Feeding into the electricity of that charged-up sports scene, however, are sports that at first may get a passing glance. But those offer thrills beyond the mainstream and complete the larger mosaic.

Derby Days

To begin with, start at the track—the roller derby track, that is. The Dallas Derby Devils are an all-female, flat-track professional roller derby team that competes in the suburb of Richland Hills. Since 2006, the Derby Devils have played in front of frequent sell-out crowds at home.

Consisting of five home teams—High Seas Hotties, Suicide Shifters, Wrecking Crew, Slaughterers, and Death Row Rumblers—that all do battle at the NYTEX Sports Centre—the Dallas Derby Devils offer first-class roller derby. The teams will battle it out for the championship on Sept. 14.

Formula Drift

In addition to two NASCAR races during the year, there is an event returning to the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth straight out of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” combining the speed of stock car racing with the skill of drift racing. On Sept. 13-14, the high-octane, high-adrenaline Round 7 Showdown of the Formula Drift tour will thrill its Metroplex enthusiasts.

Run the Race

This fall, there are competitive and fun running events for all skill levels. Be on the lookout for the Mavs Run This Town 5K, benefitting the Dallas Mavericks Foundation, on Sept. 7. Almost as much of a party as it is a race, the annual Night Nation Run takes place on Sept. 21 and features a live music festival and DJs throughout the course.

Rounding out the season is the Don’t Quit Half Marathon on Oct. 5. Designed to raise awareness about mental health issues, the event also has a 5K and a street fair built into the festivities.

Whack a Ball

The area has some of the most popular golf courses in the state. Leading the way are a pair of courses that uniquely tie in to the region’s sports history.

In Arlington, the Texas Rangers Golf Club opened this past February and is the only course in the country to have ties to Major League Baseball. Each hole is named after a signature play in baseball; that, coupled with its scenic layout have made it a must play.

Similarly, in nearby Grapevine, the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club was the first NFL-themed course to open in the U.S. Designed by famed golf architect Jeff Brauer, the course seamlessly blends into its surroundings and transports players way from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

There’s no doubt that DFW is one of the hottest spots for sports enthusiasts. Coming up behind the major franchises are a varied crop of pursuits that are becoming just as popular.

Eric Moreno
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