BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon made good this past weekend on what was termed a “high roller wager” – literally – with Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Middlebury, Conn. Beech Bend Park flew a University of Connecticut 2014 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Men’s Basketball Champions flag atop its “Kentucky Rumbler” roller coaster as the property kicked off its 2014 season. The friendly wager was placed between the two family-owned amusement parks prior to when the UConn Huskies faced off against the Kentucky Wildcats (University of Kentucky) back in early April for the national championship.
The wager was simple: the winner of the bet will send its university flag to the other park, where it will be hoisted on its marquee ride for opening weekend. UConn beat Kentucky, 60-54, at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, for the title.
Quassy’s “Wooden Warrior” and Beech Bend’s “Kentucky Rumbler” are both ranked among the top 50 wooden roller coasters in the world by theme park and coaster experts.
With the wager settled, both parks are now focusing on the summer season and betting on something far more important for them: good weather. For more information about the parks, visit www.quassy.com andwww.beechbend.com.