Meet Kennywood Park. At 120-years-old, Kennywood was built in West Mifflin, about 20 minutes outside of the fabled smog-laden “Steel City” of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Today, Kennywood is recognized as only one of two amusement parks in the United States honored as a National Historic Landmark.
The park features “The Phantom’s Revenge,” ranked as a top 10 rollercoaster in the U.S. over the last decade, as well as local food attractions like the Parkside Café, Johnny Rockets, and Potato Patch fries.
With the help of the city’s six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Kennywood is getting it’s biggest expansion since 1898.
Kennywood and the professional sports franchise will collaborate to open ‘Steelers Country,’ a themed area of the park with odes to the city’s crown jewel Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
The new section, called ‘Steelers Country,’ will include a new roller coaster dubbed the Steel Curtain, an ode to the legendary franchise and, in particular, its dominant defense of the 1970s. The coaster will travel 75 mph and will climb 220 feet into the air at its maximum height; the roller coaster’s planned 197-foot loop will be a world record for the tallest inversion of any rollercoaster, and it will invert nine times, a North American record.
Take ride on it before the line is four hours long:
Yeah, I’ll be there.
Kennywood hinted at the collaboration for weeks as Project 412, building tension among local, die-hard Season Pass holders familiar with the park for years. Offering up clues for weeks leading up the project’s big reveal, Kennywood kept the public engaged, and now, they’re bringing the century-old amusement park into the forefront of the sports world, and the national spotlight.
The Steel Curtain roller coaster is being constructed by S&S Worldwide.
On July 27, Kennywood will be opening another major attraction. The ‘Thomas Town’ expansion will feature live shows featuring characters from the television show, “Thomas the Tank Engine.”
Oh, you can take a ride on their full-size operational train pulled by none other than Thomas himself.
Tickets for Kennywood are on sale now.