Citing construction delays, Six Flags New England announced today that its new $7.5 million Dark Knight Coaster will not open in 2008. Construction was halted for a time by Agawam building officials' concerns over flood plain issues and changes in the footprint of the structure. The park will introduce a parade instead for this year.
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mOOSH (has also had threads closed and deleted)
Seems to me that Six Flags has to generate a nice amount of tax revenue, not to mention local businesses such as hotels, gas stations, and resturants being able to pull in some cash. I am not sure if the politicians that are lording over that district could bring anything close to what SFNE does for their local economy to Agawam, or taxachussets for that matter...
So, sorry to sound like Broken Record Man, but had this been sent to SFA instead, there's plenty of room next to Joker's Jinx, or in between S:ROS and Batwing and I don't think there are any flood plains to worry about. There also isn't a lot of congestion which would raise red flags in those areas amongst the fire inspector.
I hate to say this, but after everything SFNE has gotten over the last few years--and before--I think a year off is good for them. I hope you enjoy your parade as I'm sure it'll be just as awesome as the Dark Knight (sarcasm). Maybe next time the park decides to build something, they'll actually file permits. Idiots.
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 4/16/2008 12:27:36 AM ***
Building anything at SFA isn't as easy it seems. The approval process at SFA would probably be as brutal or worst than SFNE. Particularly with the concerns the community has raised about such projects in the past. Everything from a tent to the design of a bolt has scrutinized.
Still seems like between SF and Agawam, there should be at least one adult on each side somewhere who can figure out how to work together...for the good of the park and for the good of the community.
^Hehehehe....I'll go play hacky-sack with the dreadlocked kids next to the VW van now.....
SFKK already has a mouse IIRC with Roadrunner express so they can be ruled out but I don't see SFA getting it next year either.
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