Cedar Point roller coaster to bear Cubs' name

Chicago Tribune

The Cubs had a wild ride to this week's World Series win, and that victory means another wild ride — Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster — will be renamed in the Cubs' honor.

The amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, announced on its Facebook page Friday that its tallest, fastest roller coaster will go by the moniker "Top Thrill Cubster" during next season's opening weekend May 6 and 7.

The renaming results from a lost bet between the popular Ohio park and Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee.

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The 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster reaches speeds of 120 mph — just a bit faster than an Aroldis Chapman pitch. 

"It wasn't the way we wanted it to end, but we're paying up!" the Facebook post reads. "Congrats to the Chicago Cubs on their history-making World Series win!"

Accompanying the post is a video of dejected Cedar Point staffers decked out in Cubs' gear lip-syncing "Go, Cubs, Go." (The losing park promised to sing the winning team's song.)

Cedar Point isn't the only Ohio business forced to pay up for the Indians' loss to Chicago.  

The Schofield Hotel, a Kimpton property in Cleveland, will be offering $99 rooms to Illinois residents for the month of December as a result of the Cubs' World Series win. 

If the Indians had won, several Kimpton hotels in Chicago were on the hook to sell reduced-rate rooms to Ohio folks.

lrackl@chicagotribune.com

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