NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

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NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby Airtime&Gravity » Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:21 am

Well, this was a surprise.

EMERSON, Ga. — One of the most unique thrill rides is coming to the world’s largest sports vacation destination. The Polercoaster, created by “inventioneer” Bill Kitchen, designer of the SkyCoaster and SkyVenture, will be built at LakePoint Sporting Community. Located in Emerson, Ga., north of Atlanta, LakePoint Sporting Community is a 1,400+-acre development under construction that will feature state-of-the-art venues for 29 of America’s favorite youth sports and 5 million square feet of mixed-use development. Along with sports, LakePoint will include approximately 29 on-site hotels, restaurants, retail shops, office space and several other entertainment venues.

US Thrillrides has assembled a world-class team to build the attraction, including Celtic Engineering, Haskell Steel, and S&S~Sansei. According to the company, USTR will announce other Polercoaster sales in the next few weeks.

The Polercoaster is an incredible double engineering marvel that will provide visitors an opportunity to ride one of the tallest and most thrilling roller coasters in the United States, as well as visit the observation tower with retail, restaurant/bar and observation area at the top. Polercoaster is a full coaster experience in a small footprint, including multiple loops, barrel rolls and high G-force maneuvers, making it a ride like nothing on the market. The vertical nature of the Polercoaster creates an amazing visual “icon” for LakePoint with potential for exceptional lighting options.

“At over 325 feet tall, the planned Polercoaster at LakePoint will be the tallest coaster in the Southeast and one of the top-ten tallest coasters in the United States. We expect to deliver high thrills for more than 4 million annual visitors to LakePoint,” said US Thrill Rides President, Michael Kitchen. “We believe the Polercoaster will add an electrifying view and an exciting high thrill attraction to the LakePoint development.”

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“We are thrilled to be bringing the most unique thrill ride attraction to our LakePoint Entertainment Village called BoomTown,” said LakePoint Co-CEO and Master Developer Neal Freeman. “BoomTown will be the gateway to the development with themed restaurants, a movie theater and now the Polercoaster. At LakePoint we are focused on partnering with brands and attractions we consider to be the gold standard in their industries, and we are excited we have done so by working with US Thrill Rides to acquire the unique Polercoaster.”


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Re: NEWS:LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:34 am

So this thing is really happening? Seems like kind of a strange fit for a "sporting complex" but eh we'll see how it turns out!

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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby kailisun98 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:04 am

Seems like a maintenance nightmare. What would happen if it valleys very high up? What if it decides to pull a Steel Dragon 2000?? What if the track decided to pull a Smiler?? There are just so many what-ifs with this ride.
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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby robbalvey » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:20 am

Gotta be honest, I'm glad to see something unique and different getting built. Sure beats another soul-less Wingrider...

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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby coasterfreak101 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:25 am

Wow, definitely didn't expect to see one of these actually built. Should be interesting to see what the layout and such ends up being for the final product!

kailisun98 wrote:Seems like a maintenance nightmare. What would happen if it valleys very high up? What if it decides to pull a Steel Dragon 2000?? What if the track decided to pull a Smiler?? There are just so many what-ifs with this ride.


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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby robbalvey » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:27 am

^ Exactly. Dumb. "What if B&M built a Windrider with forces? What if people that were 'stuck in China' were REALLY stuck? What if people on the internet had brains?"

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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby _koppen » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:29 am

That is incredible news!

If I'm gonna be honest I thought that was more of a concept only, I did not except anyone to actually build it, let alone after only 1 year after the unveiling.
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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby DougMJr » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:37 am

_koppen wrote:That is incredible news!

If I'm gonna be honest I thought that was more of a concept only, I did not except anyone to actually build it, let alone after only 1 year after the unveiling.


I'm am in the same boat as you. I thought if it was going to be built it would have been built in Vegas and then run out of funding halfway through. I actually feel better about it being built GA.

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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby cfc » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:39 am

robbalvey wrote:^ Exactly. Dumb. "What if B&M built a Windrider with forces? What if people that were 'stuck in China' were REALLY stuck? What if people on the internet had brains?"


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I think it's an interesting idea--a nice expansion of the basic concept of an observation tower. Think of the coaster as a cross between an El Loco and a Toboggan.
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Re: NEWS: LakePoint to Build First Polercoaster

Postby ernierocker » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:42 am

Wow, so this is going to be less than 10 minutes from my Aunt and Uncle's house!

And like someone said, this is something you would expect to be proposed for Vegas, not suburban Atlanta.
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