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'Steel Curtain' roller coaster opening Saturday at Kennywood

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After years of planning, design, and construction, the newest roller coaster in the region is set to open in Pittsburgh Saturday.

That ride, The Steel Curtain, is painted black and gold for the Pittsburgh Steelers and marks the first time a theme park ride has partnered with a professional sports team. 

It can be seen from miles away, towering at 220 feet with an inversion at 197 feet, the highest point that you can go upside-down on a coaster anywhere in the world. 

The record-setting ride takes guests upside-down nine separate times. 

"You have the tallest coaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 220 feet tall. You go right away after that into a 197-foot high inversion; it's the tallest point on any coaster where you go upside-down anywhere in the world. You then drop down 200 feet and hit a top speed of 75 mph," said Nick Paradise, Kennywood public relations. 

Pittsburgh Steelers were given a chance to try the ride out early Friday before it's official opening Saturday. 

"It was a lot of fun, a lot of power. Great scenery at the top, seeing the city and the Monongahela. You just want to be a part of something like this and to be a Steeler ride inside Pittsburgh it's just unbelievable," said Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end.

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