WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – To say Kennywood is excited about its new roller coaster would be a gross understatement.
“This is the biggest coaster Kennywood has ever done,” says Kennywood spokesman Nick Paradise. “Even bigger than the Steel Phantom back in the ’90s.”
Ironworkers are hoisting the steel for the coaster into place, and before it’s all in place, they will have lifted three million pounds of it for a coaster 4,000 feet long.
Already, the Steel Curtain Roller Coaster superstructure looms high above the Racer next door, and its less than half way to its full height of 220 feet. That is about 40 feet above the superstructure of the Sky Coaster.
In Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Kennywood unveiled its Steelers-themed car for the ride.
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Black with gold highlights and sporting the No. 33 on its nose, the car features seats that look like flattened footballs.
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Paradise says the goal is, “To provide a safe and comfortable ride. Fitting that onto a coaster that goes upside down nine times and hits a top speed of 76 miles per hour that’s a challenge.”
Turning you upside down nine times in a single ride is a North American record and a bragging point for Kennywood.
While weather could impact the construction schedule, Paradise says they are hoping for a first ride on the Steel Curtain early next season.
Paradise says there is one thing for certain, “It’s going to be a great ride. A ride in style for the Steel Curtain and its riders.”