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Good news for Sandusky is good news for us

By Joe Centers • Jul 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

There has been plenty of talk this summer about Cedar Point’s newest ride, Steel Vengeance.

Steel Vengeance is the first steel on wood hybrid coaster at Cedar Point. It's 205 feet tall, has an first drop of 200 feet, goes 74 mph and has four inversions. The ride time is 2 1/2 minutes. It's replacing the Mean Streak, the old wooden roller coaster.

With Cedar Point being landlocked, there aren’t a lot of options. So the easiest way to bring in a new coaster is to rework an old one. And the Mean Streak had seen its best years. People who rode it said it was a hot mess.

What’s next for Cedar Point? I would think the next thing to do would be to build into the parking lot and then find a place for all of those cars.

And there are plenty of cars in that area of town.

With today’s ground-breaking for the new indoor sports facility and The Lee C. Jewett Sports Medicine Center at the Cedar Point Sports Center, there will be a lot more people around the Sandusky lakeshore in the future.

The building will be located at 3115 Cleveland Road, right next to the Sports Force Park and Cedar Point Sports Center.

Sports Force Parks is a mega sports complex that is designed to for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Ranging from two-day weekend tournaments to week-long tournament experiences, the park features professional caliber fields that are built using the highest-quality synthetic turf, lighted and outfitted with some of the best equipment and amenities on the market today.

So now, along with all of the Cedar Point traffic, you will have to deal with people and cars heading to both the indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

There have been rumors about Cedar Point buying Sawmill Creek and taking over all of those hotel rooms. That would be a perfect one-stop shop, much like Disney World in Florida. Get off Ohio 2, park your car and never move it until you leave. Cedar Point could bus you to your events, both indoor and outdoor, or to the park. 

The Sandusky area has to be one of the hottest spots right now in Ohio.

Much like Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, this area has so many people to draw from. Take a string and draw a circle around this area — less than two hours away you have Detroit, Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland. And Pittsburgh isn’t that far.

That’s a lot of people.

We all know many of the travelers from the south come right through Norwalk. That means many of the hotels, restaurants, stores and gas stations cash in. 

When something good in Sandusky happens — like it will with today’s groundbreaking — that is good for Norwalk.

Just think of all the volleyball and basketball travel teams that go all around the country looking for good tournaments and competition. Now, those tournaments will come right to us. It will mean more traffic and business during the winter months.

Good luck to everybody involved in the new indoor sports facility and The Lee C. Jewett Sports Medicine Center at the Cedar Point Sports Center.

And good luck to us right here in Norwalk. We are all in this together.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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