Kennywood Park to add coaster and a Steelers section

Staff report


Kennywood Park will add a new roller coaster titled Steel Curtain sometime in the 2019 season.

The steel coaster will have a maximum height of 220 feet, with a world-record 197-foot loop, a top speed of 75 mph, nine inversions and 4,000 feet of track.

Ground has already been broken on the coaster, with the first pieces of steel framework set to arrive this week.

The coaster will serve as both the gateway and the centerpiece of a new section of the amusement park called Steelers Country that will recreate the game-day experience of going to a Steelers game.

According to a news release, Steelers Country will immerse visitors in the team and its players with exclusive merchandise, skill games and food locations – including a themed tailgating experience – that will continue the feeling of being at the stadium.

“Being the first park to collaborate with a professional sports franchise on not only a themed area, but also a pulse-pounding, high-flying roller coaster is a great honor that fits in with Kennywood’s longstanding tradition of innovation,” said Jerome Gibas, Kennywood general manager.

Throughout Steelers Country, fans guests will be able to join in on familiar game moments: bursting through the area’s entry tunnel, seeing how they measure up in practice drills, perfecting their touchdown dances and checking scores and highlights on Steelers Country’s giant video screen.

The towering Steel Curtain roller coaster will dominate Kennywood’s skyline. Designed by S&S Worldwide, Steel Curtain will break a Pennsylvania record (tallest roller coaster), a North American record (most inversions), and a world record (tallest inversion).

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