July 23, 2013 |
After watching bobsledders, ski jumpers and snowboarders, spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to take a thrill ride of their own at a theme park next to the Olympic village. The $300-million Sochi Adventure Park is to open in late 2013, just ahead of the Games, and continue as a year-round theme park after the Olympics end in February. Organizers envision repurposing the sporting venues, theme park, hotels, apartments and retail shops into a resort destination after the Olympics.
May 28, 2012 |
The smooth, quick and quiet Manta family coaster that debuted over Memorial Day weekend at SeaWorld San Diego is just the type of thrilling ride the marine park sorely needs. PHOTOS: Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego The knock on the sea life show-heavy park has always been that it doesn't have enough rides. Over the past few years, SeaWorld has added a number of kiddie rides, but this summer the park finally got around to satisfying the tween set. For a 30-foot-tall family coaster with a top speed of 43 mph, the $35-million Manta manages to pack a lot of surprises into its modest proportions while even delivering a pair of firsts for a U.S. coaster.
June 29, 2012 |
While theme parks often add water parks to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays, Italy's Etnaland water park will introduce a twist on the trend by opening a theme park in 2013. PHOTOS: Etnaland theme park set to open in 2013 Set to debut in March 2013, Etnaland's new theme park will feature 27 attractions including roller coasters, thrill rides, dark rides and water rides. Park World reports that several of the theme park attractions may soft-open in late 2012.
February 25, 2004 |
St. Louis fired Coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant Mike Kitchen. The Blues, who are in jeopardy of not reaching the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 29-23-7-2 record. Only the top eight teams make the playoffs. They have won only four of their last 16 games, a skid that helped seal the fate of the winningest coach in franchise history and the NHL's coach of the year in 2000.
April 26, 2005 |
The Toronto Blue Jays fired hitting coach Mike Barnett on Monday and replaced him with first base coach Mickey Brantley. The Blue Jays are 9-11 after losing seven of eight. They were swept last weekend in Baltimore and outscored, 24-7. Toronto is batting .270, seventh in the American League. The Blue Jays' 95 runs ranked sixth in the AL. The Blue Jays scored only 719 runs last year, next-to-last in the AL. They hit .260, which ranked 12th.
August 9, 2004 |
The Toronto Blue Jays fired Manager Carlos Tosca on Sunday, replacing him with first base coach John Gibbons, who will manage on an interim basis. Tosca is the third major league manager to be fired this season, joining Houston's Jimy Williams and Arizona's Bob Brenly. "We have six or seven weeks left in the season, and the team showed signs of not playing hard," said Toronto General Manager J.P. Ricciardi, who hired Tosca on June 3, 2002. "We have an obligation to try and do as well as we can.