In 2019, the Steel Curtain roller coaster will break records at Kennywood, Pittsburgh’s historic amusement park. Becoming the first amusement park to partner with the NFL, this Steel Curtain roller coaster will anchor Steelers Country – a land celebrating Pittsburgh’s hometown football team. Continue reading for more details on Kennywood’s addition, and we’ll continue to update this as more information becomes available.
Updated November 15, 2018
Kennywood revealed the ride vehicle for Steel Curtain roller coaster at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) annual convention in Orlando, FL along with ride manufacturer S&S Worldwide.
Matching the colors of the track and structure of the coaster, the vehicle features the iconic black and gold colors of the Pittsburgh Steeler uniform complete with number 33 on the center of the lead vehicle, a nod to the year the sports franchise was founded (1933).
The vehicle’s sleek, comfortable seats are themed and shaped to look like footballs with the laces facing outward. The restraints on the vehicle are lap bar only (no over the shoulder restraint), and guests will notice just how open the vehicle is as the train twists, turns and inverts them smoothly at high speed.
Ground has already been broken on the Steel Curtain, and this ride vehicle reveal comes just a week after the first pieces of the coaster’s structure went vertical at the park. Crews will be hard at work to open Steelers Country, highlighted by this record-setting roller coaster, during the 2019 season.
Original post from August 27, 2018
Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1970’s, it was impossible NOT to be a Steeler fan. The Steelers won the Super Bowl 4x during my elementary school years, and each win was celebrated with a day-long pep rally. Another elementary school tradition was our Kennywood picnic, where we would get together with our friends for a day at our local amusement park. Combining these two Pittsburgh traditions is brilliant, and I can’t wait to celebrate the Steelers and ride the Steel Curtain roller coaster with my family in 2019.
From Kennywood’s Press Release
Coming to Kennywood in 2019, Steelers Country is an immersive land that celebrates the hard-hitting heroics of the players, but with a unique twist. The park experience turns its attention to the fans, putting them at the center of the action. Exclusive merchandise, skill games and food locations–including a themed tailgating experience–continue the feeling of being at the stadium. The new Steelers Country will be anchored by the record-breaking roller coaster, Steel Curtain.
“Being the first park to collaborate with a professional sports franchise on not only a themed area, but also a pulse-pounding, high-flying roller coaster is a great honor that fits in with Kennywood’s longstanding tradition of innovation,” said Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “For that franchise to be our hometown Steelers, the most successful team in America’s most popular sport, it’s a sure touchdown!”
Throughout Steelers Country, fans will join in on familiar game moments: bursting through the area’s entry tunnel, seeing how they measure up in practice drills, perfecting their touchdown dances, and checking scores and highlights on Steelers Country’s giant video screen. With Steelers Country, Kennywood and the Pittsburgh Steelers are honoring the greatness of the past, and looking towards the future of the park, the team, the fans, and the city of Pittsburgh.
“We are very excited about the partnership with Kennywood,” said Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Huzjak. “Being able to connect the Pittsburgh Steelers with a family attraction like Kennywood is a natural fit for both organizations, and we are thrilled about the tradition and longstanding history the Steelers and Kennywood provide to families in and around the city of Pittsburgh.
The towering Steel Curtain roller coaster will rule Kennywood’s skyline. With a record-breaking 9 inversions, 197 foot-tall loop, and 220-foot maximum height, Steel Curtain is an adrenaline rush like no other, speeding across 4,000 feet of track at 75 miles per hour. Designed by S&S Worldwide, Steel Curtain will break a Pennsylvania record (tallest roller coaster), a North American record (most inversions), and a world record (tallest inversion). 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.
“We are honored to partner with this great historic park and the Pittsburgh Steelers on this coaster, said S&S Worldwide Director of Sales Pete Barto. “We all know how passionate Steelers fans are, and it is our mission to make sure the Steel Curtain ride lives up to its legendary namesake.”
Ground has already been broken on the Steel Curtain, with the first pieces of track to be erected this month. Crews will be hard at work to open Steelers Country, highlighted by this record-setting roller coaster, during the 2019 season. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Instagram, Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.