Opening-weekend crowd plans to return for Maverick

SANDUSKY The sign blocking the entrance to the Maverick says it all: Closed.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The sign blocking the entrance to the Maverick says it all:

Closed.

"I want a good ride," said Brandon Youngs, 30, of Westlake. "If there's something wrong, make it right."

The Maverick, Cedar Point's 17th coaster, will be delayed until June for modifications to the coaster's steel track.

"No one is more disappointed than we are that it didn't open Saturday," said Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark. "In the end, it'll be worth the wait.

"People have been, in general, understanding of the situation. I don't think that will deter people from coming."

Attendance figures were not available Sunday, but Clark said the crowd was typical for opening weekend.

Throughout the park, signs were posted near the park entrance, ride entrance and hotels near Cedar Point warning that the ride was closed.

On the park's Web site, cedarpoint.com, General Manager H. John Hildebrandt informed roller coaster enthusiasts of the delay.

The Maverick's opening was delayed because pre-opening test results indicated there was more stress on the train and structure than was originally expected, Clark said. The portion of track in question needs to be replaced before the ride will open to the public.

The ride is anticipated to open in early June, but it depends largely on the shipment and fabrication of replacement track, which can be a lengthy process, Clark said. The parts are shipped from a factory in Switzerland.

Leanne Imbrogno, 46, of Ashtabula, couldn't wait to ride the Maverick with her son, Jeff, 12.

"It surprises me. I thought it'd be ready to go opening day," said Leanne, who came to the park under the assumption the ride was temporarily closed, not delayed until June.

"I wanted to try something new, and it looks fun," said Jeff, who was disappointed when he found out the ride was closed.

Leanne and Jeff, who have season passes, plan to return in June when the ride opens.

"We would love to be first in line," Leanne said.

Call Cedar Point's general information line at 419-627-2350 for more updates on the Maverick.