Opening of World's Fastest Wooden Coaster Delayed

The ride was supposed to have opened this coming Saturday

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    The upcoming "Goliath" at Six Flags Great America will go 72 miles an hour and features a 165 foot lift and 180 foot plunge. LeeAnn Trotter reports (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013)

    The grand opening of what's being billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster is on hold.

    Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Katy Enrique says the amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois, is pushing back the ride's rollout because of "delays in the final touches."

    "The world’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster, Goliath, is coming soon," the amusement park said in a statement. "Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed. We anticipate announcing the roller coaster’s opening date later this week."

    The ride, dubbed Goliath, was supposed to have opened this coming Saturday.

    The park in northeastern Illinois says it will be the world's fastest wooden coaster.

    It will also have the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees. It will reach speeds of 72 mph.