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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Friday, July 20, 2018 5:00 PM

The Steel Curtain was the moniker given to the Steeler’s famous defensive line in the 70’s, when the team won 4 Superbowls in six years.

I’m not a big football fan either but I can Google.

Maybe Kings Island should call their giga Big Red Machine.

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, July 20, 2018 5:03 PM
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Friday, July 20, 2018 7:24 PM
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super7* said:

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.

They could have gone with Communism Cruiser. As an added bonus have parts fall off as it traverses the track.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:15 PM

I’m no structural engineer but this thing looks really over-engineered & bulky.

Its very ugly looking structurally, as if some teen built it on NoLimits and uploaded a POV. I can’t believe how much steel they are using on this. It’s really overkill & unnecessary seeming.

Last edited by Gaga Tatt Monster, Friday, July 20, 2018 8:16 PM
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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:37 PM

I'm not a fan of the theme nor the name because it will not appeal to anyone not from Pennsylvania. That being said the coaster looks great. Weird but great. As long as it isn't delayed and is smooth is should be a top 100 coaster for sure.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:39 PM
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Yes, speaking on the importance of the fine art of subtlety...Gaga Tatt Monster. ;)

If you’re a Pittsburgh native, you’re likely excited about the coaster and the theme. Pretty cool for the city. I’m looking forward to another trip home to give it a spin.


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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:39 PM
Dale K's avatar

I would really like to know what they are paying the Steelers and NFL to license this and for how long.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:45 PM

None so far

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Friday, July 20, 2018 8:55 PM
Dale K's avatar

They have definitely paid something already.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 9:56 PM
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Carrie J. said:

If you’re a Pittsburgh native, you’re likely excited about the coaster and the theme.

I'd argue that no park has ever hit a theme that so perfectly resonated with their customer base. Yinzers love their Stillers. Hell, you see Steelers shirts at Kennywood all summer long already - because they're just standard issue western PA wardrobe.

This is nothing short of genius.

jaws_16 said:

I'm not a fan of the theme nor the name because it will not appeal to anyone not from Pennsylvania.

I understand what you're getting at, but more correctly, it wouldn't appeal to anyone not from the Steelers regional fan base (which would include parts of Ohio and West Virginia).

Coincidentally, the exact same regional customer base Kennywood serves. Go figure.

Honestly, the amount of business they're not picking up because their new ride and area are themed to the Steelers is literally going to be nil.


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Friday, July 20, 2018 10:38 PM

The NFL theming is brilliant because now any head banging, headaches, or even concussions are all just part the theming.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 10:41 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

I understand what you're getting at, but more correctly, it wouldn't appeal to anyone not from the Steelers regional fan base (which would include parts of Ohio and West Virginia).

Coincidentally, the exact same regional customer base Kennywood serves. Go figure.

Honestly, the amount of business they're not picking up because their new ride and area are themed to the Steelers is literally going to be nil.

And thats why I am curious about the lease agreement. Those fans would already be there anyways so why pay for a license agreement for so many years at (x) amount of dollars. You have to figure it is a good amount of money to license this considering the NFL is a billion dollar industry and they give nothing away for free.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 11:16 PM
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It may not be that kind of licensing agreement. It could be treated more as another retail channel for the franchise to sell merchandise. That may be naive, but given the relative investment level of the owners, I don't imagine they'd shell out a lot of cash just for licensing.


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Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:17 PM
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I get the feeling that the Steelers theme isn't to sell the Coaster, (A 9-looping coaster sells itself,) but the entire area as a whole. In an area themed to a team with such a passionate fan base, I think people will be more apt to play Steelers themed games, eat Steelers themed food, and buy Steelers themed souvenirs. That's where the theming will pay the park back.

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Monday, July 23, 2018 12:15 PM

Gaga Tatt Monster said:

I’m no structural engineer but this thing looks really over-engineered & bulky.

Its very ugly looking structurally, as if some teen built it on NoLimits and uploaded a POV. I can’t believe how much steel they are using on this. It’s really overkill & unnecessary seeming.

Agree. Especially today with the minimal structures being used to save on steel... I mean, look at Fury or Valravn.

Mostly that comes down to the track design and if they will utilize deep or double spines to increase the stiffness and such like B&M and Intamin do. It does look way, way overbuilt though. Hopefully a bit more refined when it goes up ;)


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:09 AM

Tommytheduck said:

I get the feeling that the Steelers theme isn't to sell the Coaster, (A 9-looping coaster sells itself,) but the entire area as a whole. In an area themed to a team with such a passionate fan base, I think people will be more apt to play Steelers themed games, eat Steelers themed food, and buy Steelers themed souvenirs. That's where the theming will pay the park back.

The Steelers also fit into the "theming" of the city too. Black and yellow are the colors of ALL of their sports teams. Its based off of Pittsburgh Steel. Its known for the blue collar work ethic. This clearly showed that Kennywood is trying to go after the local market, and not the national market. But that's probably fine, its a little unusual for people to travel for parks anyway. Not everybody is an enthusiast like we are.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 11:51 AM
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Exactly. I'm agreeing with this. It's perfect for the market and a fantastic move by the park. IDK why so many enthusiasts don't get that a local park isn't trying to attract guests from far away.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:51 PM
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The extra steel supports are part of the "Steelers" theme. ;)

I agree that the Steelers theme doesn't appeal to me in any way, but would "<Scary Adjective><Animal><Number>" be any better? They almost certainly aren't going to lose anyone out of region (I dunno, will people from Ravens region skip the park?), but they're going to activate a whole lot of their local base.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:50 PM

It's interesting reading what people outside of the region think about the new area as a whole. I'm a local, I'm a Steelers fan, and find it completely stupid.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:16 PM

A good friend from western Pa. who now lives in Columbus still considers Kennywood her home park, her favorite park, and goes every time she returns to visit family during the summer. She told me just today that locals are fired up for Steelers Country and it’s all the talk since it was announced.
I can imagine that if Columbus had a theme park, an area called Buckeye Nation would be a big draw. Never mind what attractions would be included- the fan base here is so serious that everyone would be up for a visit.
I still think this will be nothing but good for the park.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:55 AM
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Lol. I love anecdotes. I live in Pittsburgh and I haven't heard a peep from the "locals." My friends know I am into theme parks, no one has asked about it, no one has posted anything on Facebook, etc. That's my anecdote about Steelers Country.


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