PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTRF) – Steelers fans, adrenaline seekers and Kennywood Park lovers, this ones for you!
The Steel Curtain coaster at Kennywood opens to the public on Saturday, July 13, but 7News Anchor Kathryn Ghion and Web Manager John Lynch got the chance to take a ride.
It was a moment years in the making, riders tackling the twists, turns and inversions of the brand new Steel Curtain coaster.
“It’s hard to put into words,” exclaimed Kennywood’s Director of Public Relations and Social Media Nick Paradise. “The ride is exhilarating. It’s such a thrill and to be able to be here and have people get on here and experience it it’s just fantastic.”
Among the first to take on this record breaker, a few lucky contest winners.
“I’m a coaster enthusiast,” said John Kuli, from Dayton, Ohio who came to the park to experience the coaster with Jason Green. “So, the chance to ride this and come to Kennywood for the first time was just awesome so.”
The Steel Curtain boasts not only a historic partnership between Kennywood Park and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s also a record holder.
It holds the title of tallest coaster in Pennsylvania, has the most inversions in North America (nine) and the highest inversion in the world (197 feet)!
If that doesn’t entice you to ride, maybe this will. This thrill ride is 220 feet high and reaches 76 miles-per-hour during the two minute ride.
“Obviously there was a lot of time, effort put into the design, engineering, construction of the ride,” explained Tim Timco, the President and CEO of S&S Worldwide. “I watch everyone coming off and if they’re all smiling, getting in the line to do it again that makes it all worthwhile.”
What would the day have been without a visit from the black and gold! Current and former Steelers also got their thrills.
“I’m feeling my breakfast in my chest right now, but it’s all good,” said Pittsburgh Steeler Cam Heyward. “We shoulda rode the ‘Jackrabbit’ first and then worked our way to this, but if you’re looking for a good time this is the gut punch you need!”
The Steel Curtain is part of a larger Steelers Country area in the park, the rest of which will open later this year.
The “Endzone Café” will feature upscale food with a Kennywood twist. The Steelers Experience building will be the last to open.
“It’s an interactive area where people can do football-style activities,” Paradise explained.”40- yard dash, quarterback challenge, people will be able to compete against each other and see how they perform in all those things. There’s really nothing like this.”