Well, now. Sitting here in the rain reading my sports page, hidden way down in paragraph 20 of a NASCAR article, is this little tidbit. For background, they're talking about a new race track in Gallatin County, Ky., out on the interstate halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati. Neal O'Conner owns 150 acres of farmland adjacent to the track and the interstate. And now this : "The open acreage has drawn attention from other big venues. Real estate officials from Six Flags Amusement Park Corporation have purchased an option even though they told O'Conner they have made no final decision. Six Flags planners are looking to relocate their Kentucky Kingdom park, currently located on the grounds of the State Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville. The park there straddles a four lane throughway, is landlocked, has major access and parking problems, and borders the Louisville International Airport, which enforces height restrictions on permanent structures within the park. Six Flags has not made a decision on when or where to move, but is exploring options. One deterrent to the Sparta location is the proximity to rival Kings Island.
I was just thinking about the height restrictions when i was there. They are right about the entracne being hard to locate. I had no idea it was the Fair and Exposition Center. It didn't really sound like Six Flags. That is a weird article though.
SFKK has so much potential with the rides they have, I just don't think they keep it up like they should. A few changes could make this a great park! Ofcourse, we will never have a 350 ft. hyper coaster because of the height restrictions, but a B&M flyer or maybe an Intamin Impulse would be great.
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I think SFKK should maybe consider moving. They have a space problem and need a major new coaster. Right now, the park has been somewhat neglected. They have, however, managed to add a new ride every year. They added Road Runner Express in 2000, Rip Cord in 2001, Sling Shot in 2002, and Greezed Lightnin this year.
I really couldn't say for sure if it's the right thing for them to move that ENTIRE park somewhere else. If they even think about major future expansions, they will have to relocate.
Parks have relocated entirely before... An example is Elitch Gardens, though ironically, their issues with space live on. It wouldn't be a waste of money, because in the long run, having the space to add new attractions would enable money to be made. As it is now, I don't know where KK could possibly fit any new coasters. ------------------ Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.
Wow! There is a possible light at the end of SFKK's tunnel with this bit of news. I always wondered if park officials had considered relocating due to things like the height limit and sharing of the fairgrounds. Speaking of which, if they did in fact decide to relocate, I bet money that whoever is in charge of the Ky State Fair would try to buy some of the rides from The Kingdom. This would be pretty beneficial to both parties as SF wouldn't have to relocate some of the rides, and the Fair retains some sort of midway attractions. I personally would bet that they'd try to buy Thunder Run and the Hellevator and a flat or two.
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If they decide to relocate, it might make more sense to send all but a few signature rides to new Six Flags parks, and give the new SFKK all new rides. By new, I mean new to SFKK, some of which would be coasters from other Six Flags parks that have worn thin with the public.
As long as they are going to dismantle everything and move it, they might as well treat the public to some new ride experiences. The best business decision might be to keep only the rides that are unique or at least popular. Trade the cookie-cutter coasters (Greased Lightning, Batman, Roller Skater, etc.) for something new.
Better yet, how would you folks in Kentucky like to take Klondike Gold Rusher and Wild Thing from Enchanted Village in exchange for Thunder Run and Chang? ;-)
Well, if this comes to pass, I think it will be a great move for KK. The layout of the park, and height/space restrictions at the fairgrounds have really taken their toll. As long as they are able to relocate Twisted Twins, Chang, Thunder Run and GL, I'm all for it! (Any other SF park need a "slightly used" SLC??) :) Oh, and bring along Hellavator, too.
Also, they wouldn't have to revamp their schedule because of the Ky State Fair.
Sounds like a real long shot, but it's fun to think about.
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