Kennywood announces Steel Curtain roller coaster as anchor to Steelers Country football themed area

Posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:40 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the official Kennywood page:

Kennywood Park and the Pittsburgh Steelers have teamed up to for a historic collaboration. Coming to Kennywood in 2019, Steelers Country is a one-of-a-kind themed land that celebrates the hard-hitting heroics of the players, but with a unique twist...

Kennywood and the Pittsburgh Steelers are proud to introduce The Steel Curtain! At a maximum height of 220 feet, the colossal steel structure of the coaster will serve as a landmark addition to the park and a high-energy entry point welcoming guests to Steelers Country.

During the two-minute adrenaline rush, riders will speed through 4,000 feet of track at 75 miles per hour while navigating 9 inversions – including the world’s tallest at 197 feet above the ground!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:39 PM

STILLERS!
That’s a nice long ride. Good for them.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:43 PM

I don't know. I just can't get excited about this ride for some reason. Maybe I'm just getting too old for inversions.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:46 PM

The coaster wasn’t too surprising to me aside from the layout, but the Steelers area took me by complete surprise. If they follow through with everything in the renderings, then that alone has got to be $10 mil+, given that Thomas Town is $8 million and isn’t as nearly complex.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:56 PM

Two of my favorite things Rollercoasters and Steelers Football. Great addition and a reason to visit next year. Was thinking about visiting this year, but now we'll wait.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:31 PM

I can't wait to experience the Tailgate Patio. Hopefully it will include some realistic Steelers tailgate experiences such as standing in a parking lot in 10 degree weather, drinking IC Light pounders and jello shots, and waiting 45 mins in line to pee in an overflowing porta potty!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:49 PM

It looks like it will be better than average but it will get soundly beat by New England.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:51 PM

Nervous that S&S are building this... dreadful name, but cool theme.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:48 PM

Any real information about the trains or the restraints? There are elements of the drop and airtime hills that remind me of Drachen Fire. Has S&S ever built a non wild mouse coaster that wasn't a launch or a 4d?

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:52 PM

I’m worried that they won’t make a Fourth of July deadline. It seems as if they are the worst park as of late of opening rides/attractions on time. I remember skyrocket opened around Fourth of July. Thomas town might as well open a week before kids go back to school. I know it’s supposed to open this week, but always late in the season. I can’t remember when black widow opened, so I can’t lump that in there.

Andy I guess I’m in the same boat as you here. It’s not the inversions that do it, but for me the size of them. It seems like it will travel across its course three times and just how it’s going to take said inversions. Massive rides, outside of steel vengeance seem to not lend themselves well to massive inversions. That cobra roll is massive in there, and that Immelmann/stall seem to be moving quiet slow. I think the layout is just not setting it up to maximize everything packed into the ride. Just my two cents. Heck who knows what kind of ride it will be. Right now I’m kind of iffy on the layout. For Kennywood, this is a one of kind project, let’s hope they knock it out of the park.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:47 PM

ApolloAndy said:

I don't know. I just can't get excited about this ride for some reason. Maybe I'm just getting too old for inversions.

I'm in the same boat. There are a number of fairly unique elements but none of them seem particularly exciting. I can't help but wonder what the restraints will be like. This could make for a very uncomfortable ride.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:37 PM

Good to see its still not necessary to ride a ride to not like it.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 9:49 AM

I was telling some friends yesterday... If it's truly the Steelers experience, guests will enter the area, where all employees will be smoking pot but denying it when asked. Then guests will all get concussions on the ride and be immediately treated in the official concussion protocol booth. And of course there will be plenty of unnecessary roughness in the area.

Yes, I'm a bitter Bengals fan. Ride looks interesting; hate the theme. :)

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Friday, July 20, 2018 11:18 AM

I think you just described every NFL team, ever.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 11:52 AM

GoBucks89 said:

Good to see its still not necessary to ride a ride to not like it.

At least the capacity is decent. But I bet they DESTROY the ride with a trim brake.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Friday, July 20, 2018 11:52 AM
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Friday, July 20, 2018 2:11 PM

That’s kind of an odd prediction. Does Kennywood have a reputation for destroying rides with trims? The only coaster there that has trims that weren’t originally in the design is the Phantom, and those were out of necessity because the train was coming into the original Steel Phantom brake run much too fast. Even with the trims it’s still one of the more aggressive hyper coasters in operation.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 2:39 PM

Sarcasm, bud

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Friday, July 20, 2018 2:49 PM

Actually... Thunderbolt has a trim before the final two drops... totally ruins the ride.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 4:40 PM

I think the pacing seems off.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 4:51 PM

Can someone inform a non-football fan if "Steel Curtain" has another meaning? Its a dreadful name for a roller coaster. The word "curtain" does not imply excitement in any way shape or form. It actually brings up images of communism as it is close to Iron Curtain.

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