Six Flags Great America has confirmed that its Iron Wolf rollercoaster will close on September 5, 2011, with the ride set to be moved to Six Flags America.
The stand-up coaster will operate for the last time during the Labor Day weekend, which Six Flags Great America has described as its "last stand". It will then become Six Flags America's new ride for the 2012 season, with a planning application having recently been submitted for permission to install a ride matching Iron Wolf's description.
The closure of Iron Wolf was confirmed on the official Six Flags Great America Facebook page, with a message stating: "After a long 21-year history at the park, we will be removing Iron Wolf. Make sure to get your last rides in — Iron Wolf’s last stand is Sept. 5."
Opened in 1990, Iron Wolf was the first rollercoaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, now one of the world's leading coaster manufacturers. It features a maximum height of 100 feet and hits a top speed of 55 miles per hour, racing through two inversions during its 2,900-feet-long circuit.
The removal of Iron Wolf will leave Six Flags Great America without a stand-up rollercoaster. At one stage, the park looked set to be home to two of the rides for the 2010 season, but plans to move the Chang coaster from the closed Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom to the park were abandoned in favor of an expansion to the Hurricane Harbor water park. Chang was ultimately relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure, where it became Green Lantern.
Six Flags America closed Skull Mountain, a hybrid water ride/rollercoaster, on July 10. At the time, the park promised that it would be replaced by a major new attraction, which now appears to be Iron Wolf.
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