Carowinds Giga Roller Coaster Will Be a Hit with Youth Teams

By Parrish Walton, March 6, 2015

Carowinds in Charlotte has a new tool to woo youth teams to the city: Fury 325, the new giga roller coaster debuting this year.

The competition is but a portion of the excitement kids have when they travel for tournaments. Much of the time the camaraderie developed among the team on the road is the best part. I still remember going to Tampa’s Busch Gardens during my trips down to Florida for the Sun Bowl, and I can only imagine how much fun my team would have had riding this bad boy.

“Visit Charlotte’s brand is “Charlotte’s got a lot,” Visit Charlotte’s Thomas Lee, senior national sales manager—sports, told Connect Sports. “Well, now we have even more. We are always excited when Carowinds adds to their already amazing park. Fury 325 further cements the park as being the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast.” To have the world’s tallest and fastest giga-coaster in our back yard is quite a unique incentive for sporting event attendees who are looking for excitement beyond the playing field.”

The coaster is the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster and is the largest single investment in the history of the company, costing approximately $30 million. The 325 number represents how high the apex of the coaster will be (325 feet), though that does seem to bury the lead as it also reaches 95 MPH.

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