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Iconic Cyclone Coaster to Close at Six Flags

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – An iconic New England attraction is closing. The Cyclone at Six Flags New England is one of the largest wooden roller coasters in the world.

The announcement on Tuesday comes 31 years after the ride opened at the what was then Riverside Park.

The ride climbs over a hundred feet and plummets 50 miles an hour through over 3,000 feet of wood track.

A thrill? That’s for sure.

But it’s not the hills twists or turns that Jennifer Stevens from Russell will miss the most. It’s the memories the ride triggers from her childhood.

“When I was a teenager, it was $5, so I use to come here all the time and ride the Cyclone,” says Stevens.

Safety is not a concern or reason why the coaster will retire after three decades. It’s a plan that’s been in the making for quite some time.

Jennifer McGrath, Communications Director at Six Flags New England, says the goal eventually is to make room for something new.

“New is not always better. The old brings back some of the people my age,” Stevens adds.

Saying goodbye is not easy for park guest, Mark Denning, either. He took his final ride today.

“I know there is need for expansion, but Six Flags should just leave this as it,” Denning says.

Why the Cyclone?

McGrath explains that even though it’s old, it’s not the oldest ride in the park and it’s not the only wooden coaster either.

“The Thunderbolt in our property was built in 1941 and the structure behind me [Cyclone] was 1983,” McGrath says.

Six Flags New England has not yet determined what will come to the open space. An announcement will be made at the end of August of the 2015 plans.

Some guests keep an open mind for what’s to come.

“I’m kind of happy to see they are taking it down for a new one,” says James Ford from New York.

There have been 15,000,000 riders since the ride made its debut at this location.

Cyclone will be open to the public until July 20. On that day, 24 retiring teachers in the area will go on the final ride.

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