Kennywood’s Steel Curtain Roller Coaster Opens July 13

Record-setting roller coaster collaboration with Pittsburgh Steelers almost ready for public

WEST MIFFLIN, PA – America’s most anticipated roller coaster of 2019, The Steel Curtain at Kennywood Park, will open to the public on Saturday, July 13.

Pittsburgh residents and coaster enthusiasts the world over have eagerly awaited The Steel Curtain since it was announced in July 2018. The standout attraction of an unprecedented partnership with 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, The Steel Curtain is Pennsylvania’s tallest roller coaster at 220 feet, hits a top speed of 75 miles per hour and features a stunning 205-foot drop coming out of that record-setting inversion.

“The Steel Curtain isn’t like any other roller coaster out there, and we can’t wait to start taking guests the world over for the ride of their lives,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “This is the next great addition to Kennywood, America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park.”

Designed by S&S Worldwide, The Steel Curtain zooms across 4,000 feet of track, crossing over midways and even through Kennywood’s Lagoon, a central gathering place at the National Historic Landmark amusement park since its opening in 1898.

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“The Steelers organization is very excited to see The Steel Curtain roller coaster come to life,” says Steelers Vice President of Sales & Marketing Ryan Huzjak. “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.”

The Steel Curtain is the flagship attraction of the forthcoming Steelers Country at Kennywood themed land, including interactive games, retail and dining experiences designed to bring fans “onto the field” in a way never seen before. The remaining attractions of Steelers Country will open at a later date.

Prior to the public opening on Saturday, July 13, Kennywood will host a Media Day on Friday, July 12. First ride is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.

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For more on The Steel Curtain, please visit the Steelers Country page of Kennywood's web site.


About Kennywood and Palace Entertainment:

Kennywood is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.

Kennywood is owned and operated by Palace Entertainment, one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States. Palace Entertainment owns and operates 21 major entertainment venues across 10 different states, offering a wide range of family friendly rides, shows and attractions. For more information, please visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About S&S Worldwide

Since 1994, S&S Worldwide has been the world’s leading manufacturer of vertical and family thrill rides and is the largest amusement ride manufacturer in the United States. Their portfolio features 50 major roller coasters, 177 tower rides, and more than 300 family thrill and children’s rides.

Coming to Kennywood in 2019: the Steel Curtain! A partnership between S&S Worldwide, the Pittsburgh Steelers and America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park, the Steel Curtain will set a world record (tallest inversion, 197 feet), a North American record (most inversions, 9), and a Pennsylvania state record (tallest roller coaster, 220 feet) when it opens in 2019. Featuring several unique inversion elements, a top speed of 76 miles per hour, and multiple airtime opportunities, this coaster promises to pack all the power of its namesake, the legendary defensive line of the 4-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s! Watch one of the first test runs!