After long being speculated, Six Flags has formally announced that Kentucky Kingdom will not reopen for the 2010 season. The company has decided not to renew a lease it had with the Kentucky State Fair Board after both sides were unable to come to terms of a new lease.
"We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and loyalty over the years,” Mark Sharpio announced. However, he also stated that this closure would solely relate to the Kentucky Kingdom park and that the rest of the parks will not be affected. This announcement comes while Six Flags is restructuring its company.
The Louisville park was opened on May 23rd, 1987 and operated for 22 years. It was originally operated by During that time period, it operated nine roller coasters, including Vampire, which is now Flashback at Six Flags New England, T2, America's first SLC, and Chang, a large stand-up now in storage at Six Flags Great America. The fate of the rest of the rides, including T2, are unknown, though Six Flags states they have intentions to relocate the rides and full-time employees of the park to any of Six Flag's other locations.