January 5, 2000
Sandusky, OH -- As the 20th century drew to a close, Cedar Point was getting Y2K-ready in its own special way!
Recently, construction workers at the famed Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort topped off the monumental 310-foot-tall first hill on the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, which is currently under construction and scheduled to make its much anticipated worldwide debut on Saturday, May 13.
Named Millennium Force, this stratospheric 92-mph "giga-coaster" - termed for its extreme height - is part of an unprecedented $48 million investment program at Cedar Point for 2000 and will shatter 10 world records, including the first coaster on Earth to break the elusive 300-foot-high barrier!
Battling frigid temperatures and gusting winds off Lake Erie, construction workers hoisted the highest piece of Millennium Force track into place at its staggering 310-foot-tall apex by using a crane stretching 360 feet in the air. When completed, this behemoth coaster puzzle will cover 13 acres and will consist of nearly 6,600 feet of brilliant blue track, supported by hundreds of steel columns and anchored by 226 concrete footers.
The $25 million Millennium Force will be Cedar Point's 14th roller coaster - more than anywhere else in the world! Rated the "Best Amusement Park in the World," Cedar Point is one of America's most popular amusement parks, drawing nearly 3.5 million guests a season.
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