December 22, 2014

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LeBron’s decision made, we wait on Cedar Point

SANDUSKY — LeBron made his decision. Now we’re waiting for Cedar Point to make one, too.

Last week, Cedar Point officials tweeted to the world that they would rename one of the park’s 17 roller coasters after NBA superstar LeBron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron did just that Friday.

Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said Tuesday that park officials are standing by their pledge to re-name one of the park’s roller coasters in LeBron’s honor, but added the exact name — and which coaster — have yet to be determined.

“We are definitely doing this, but there’s no timetable in place,” Edwards said.

Edwards said the public has weighed in on which ride should be tabbed for the honor. “We’ve had a ton of suggestions,” Edwards said.

Asked whether most people were looking to one of the park’s biggest and best-known rides such as Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force or Magnum XL-200 to be re-named, Edwards said other roller coasters have been the focus of fan suggestions.

“Some have said it should be the Mean Streak, since LeBron was so mean when he left,” Edwards said.

The Mean Streak is the park’s biggest wooden roller coaster, which has a top speed of 65 mph, stands 161 feet tall, and is the world’s fourth-longest wood roller coaster at 5,427 feet.

Others have suggested the name change for the Wicked Twister, a 72-mph steel coaster that hurtles riders back and forth between two twisting spires.

“Some people said it should be Wicked Twister for the way we were left twisting in the wind waiting for LeBron’s decision,” Edwards said.

The park’s stand-up roller coaster Mantis even got into the act. “Some said it should be Mantis because of the way LeBron stood up for Ohio,” Edwards said.

The idea for the posting came from the park’s CEO Matt Ouimet, Edwards said last week.

Ouimet is a former Walt Disney Co. executive who served as president of the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in California.

Park officials said James visited Cedar Point a number of times when he starred for Akron’s St. Vincent/St. Mary High School, and later as a player for the Cavs before his departure in 2010 to join the Miami Heat.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.