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February 21, 2007

Six Flags St. Louis To Debut Tony Hawk's Big Spin Coaster

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Eric Gieszl, Editor

Six Flags Tony Hawk's Big Spin Roller Coaster

Eureka, MO -- Six Flags St. Louis announced its plans to open a unique spinning roller coaster called Tony Hawk's Big Spin for the upcoming 2007 season. This new roller coaster designed for the entire family and is part of package of entertainment Six Flags plans to offer this summer.

"Six Flags St. Louis was founded on family fun and entertainment," said Dave Roemer, Park President of Six Flags St. Louis.

This summer the park will also have a summer concert series, four new shows, fireworks and will host Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam Tour on June 2 and 3.

"Today we are more focused than ever on providing family rides, shows and attractions in an atmosphere that makes Six Flags St. Louis the place to bring your family this year," added Roemer.

Tony Hawk's Big Spin roller coaster is scheduled to open on April 21, opening day of Six Flags St. Louis' 2007 season.

Designed with the look and feel of a giant red and black skatepark, the new attraction will offer a full extreme sports experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports.

A large, spinning Tony Hawk figure will crown the roller coaster.

On Tony Hawk's Big Spin four riders will be seated two-abreast, facing each other while the car encounters a series of twisted maneuvers that Six Flags is saying is similar to what Tony Hawk experiences when he skateboards.

For thrill-seekers this roller coaster puts a twist on the traditional coaster experience. The individual cars are designed to spin uncontrolled for the duration of the 1,351-foot long ride.

With the spinning cars each ride on the roller coaster will be unique, according to Six Flags.

"After receiving such a great response to our Boom Boom HuckJam Tour at several Six Flags parks last year, I'm honored and excited to be part of this opportunity, said skateboard legend Tony Hawk.

"On the Big Spin, riders will be able to experience their own spinning aerial moves whenever they choose," Hawk added.

The new roller coaster will stand 53-feet tall and travel at 31 mph.

Six Flags says, the attraction will be suitable for kids and adults with a height requirement of only 42 inches when accompanied by an adult. Children taller than 47 inches can ride alone.

Part of Six Flags' new strategy is to design attractions that are more family friendly. Tony Hawk's Big Spin is specifically designed so that parents can ride with their kids.

The roller coaster is currently under construction next to Six Flags St. Louis' new children's area introduced in 2006.

For more information, see Six Flags St. Louis.

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