January 28, 2013
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Sister Park Six Flags America Wager for Big Game Supremacy
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will square off with its sister park in Baltimore, Six Flags America, when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meet in New Orleans for the big game on February 3. There is more at stake between the two parks than a victory for their hometown team.
A friendly wager between park presidents will pit the parks against one another as Discovery Kingdom’s Don McCoy takes on Six Flags America’s Rick Howarth for the NFL Championship. In addition to a customary food basket representing the best the cities have to offer — Napa Valley wine, sourdough bread and Ghirardelli chocolate from San Francisco and Old Bay, Utz potato chips, Wye River Cream of Crab Soup, Brody’s wine and other treats from Baltimore — the parks will also show their appreciation for the rival team for all the world will see.
The park president from the team that is defeated will have to muster the strength and forego his pride by donning the rival team’s jersey and cap all day while a gigantic conciliatory banner is raised outside the park conveying, “We lost the bet! Congratulations to the (Ravens or 49ers) and (winning park name).” Social media presence is also part of the deal.
“This is a serious game and we just don’t want to give Six Flags America the satisfaction of beating us,” joked McCoy. “It’s all in fun and we really do all work together as a team, but there’s something about a bet like this that makes winning all the more sweet.”
Discovery Kingdom staff also like to think that 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has an edge over his brother’s team. Prior to the start of the 2012 football season, Harbaugh generously helped open the new roller coaster, SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight by being the first to ride it.