Anhauser-Busch Finances

Saturday, September 1, 2001 9:33 AM
I have heard that many people said that Busch Gardens is cutting back on the manufacturing of coasters. Is this a joke?!? Anhauser-Busch has like 200 million dollars!!! If they can't build coasters right now, then how come they built Ireland? It's extremely confusing...
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Saturday, September 1, 2001 1:02 PM
Busch has said that they are cutting back for the next few years, but that does not mean we will see nothing at Busch parks in the next few years.  We will definitely see park improvements and new, smaller rides to enhance the parks.  Once Busch starts its spending spree again, expect to see a few big time rides.
Saturday, September 1, 2001 2:41 PM
Ireland was a refurbishing of mostly existing buildings and probably cost much less than a major coaster.  Also, Busch expects the parks to stand on their own economic merit.  Just because they generate lots of cash doesn't mean they will spend it on new coasters.  They will carefully look at each investment to see how much money that investment will make for them.
Saturday, September 1, 2001 5:57 PM
I can't speak for BGT, but I was amazed at how crowded BGW was last weekend. They were into their second auxillary parking lot.

I'm curious to know how much the park had to invest in the infrastructure changes there. I can't imagine that Virginia paid for that interchange off of I-64 (which is very nice and convenient, I might add).

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Saturday, September 1, 2001 6:34 PM
I dunno the govt here in VA is pretty acomodating for companies if they;re bringg tax revinue I know here entire roads were built just for a stupid super walmart. so else wer ein VA they might biuld an interchange for a big time player like BGW. I imagine VA gets a lot of revenue from that place.
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Saturday, September 1, 2001 9:42 PM
I lived about about a 1/2 mile from the interchange and although I am not 100% sure of the financing there was never any mention of BGW paying for any of the ramp work etc. The state very well may have paid for the ramp for 2 reasons.
1.The first is that the exit (243A, my apt. was off of 243B) also provides access to Hwy. 60, one of the major thoroughfares for Williamsburg.
2.The second is that there was a state interest to eliminate some of the congestion from I-64 and Hwy. 199 that was caused by BGW. I don't know how familiar any of you are with the peninsula but I-64 doesn't need much help getting backed up so the state might have been very willing to pony up for the new ramps. In such the state decided to reroute the entrance, not BGW.
That said, BGW did incur the costs of the road from where Hwy. 60 exits off, and setting up the new parking toll plaza.
Saturday, September 1, 2001 11:30 PM
bummer.  I was hoping Busch would try building a new theme park outside of Denver that would bolw SFEG out of the water.  (Busch does hav a brewery in Ft Collins)  I guess that won't be happening anytime soon. 
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