Chicago's Daily Herald has confirmed that the Shockwave at Six Flags Great America will indeed be removed to make way for Great America's 2003 steel coaster.
Shockwave, which opened in 1988, will be dismantled to make way for a new flying coaster from Bolliger and Mabillard due to a lack of space for expansion elsewhere in the park. Six Flags' original choice for removal was the 1976 Schwarzkopf twister Whizzer, but public outcry spared the classic coaster.
Dismatling proceedures for the Shockwave have already started and the 7-inversion steel coaster will be relocated to another park, most likely remaining in the Six Flags chain.
Track sections and supports for the new coaster, to be called Superman, have already begun to arrive and officials hope to have the attraction open by next May.