This Saturday, July 13, the world’s tallest inversion roller coaster will open at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. The Steel Curtain — Pennsylvania’s tallest roller coaster — also pays homage to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steel Curtain will send riders upside down through nine different inversions — the most of any roller coaster in North America — including the world’s tallest inversion at 197 feet high. In addition, at 220 feet, The Steel Curtain is the tallest roller coaster in the state. Its top speed is 75 miles per hour and it features a 205-foot drop coming out of its record-setting inversion. The ride lasts two minutes.
The roller coaster covers 4,000 feet of track and crosses over midways and Kennywood’s Lagoon. It is the flagship attraction of the future Steelers Country at Kennywood, a themed area at the amusement park developed in partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will include interactive games as well as retail and dining experiences designed to take fans “onto the field” in a way never seen before. Kennywood anticipates opening Steelers Country later this summer.
“The Steelers organization is very excited to see The Steel Curtain roller coaster come to life,” said Ryan Huzjak, the vice president of sales and marketing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a prepared statement. “We’ve been following the construction process closely and we’re hopeful it will live up to its namesake. As we approach training camp and our season., we’re also excited to continue to work with Kennywood to open Steelers Country later this summer.”
Kennywood Park, founded in 1898 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, offers a mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including seven roller coasters and a 14-ride Kiddieland.
Check out The Steel Curtain in this POV video from Kennyworld!