Cedar Point auctions off 1st ride on Rougarou

A rendering of Rougarou, a new ride that will be repurposed from the Mantis, which will shut down in October 2014. (Courtesy: Cedar Point)

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WOOD) – Attention adrenaline junkies: Cedar Point is auctioning off the first ride on its soon-to-open floorless roller coaster for charity.

Rougarou, which is being re-purposed from the Mantis – a roller coaster that closed in 2014 – is set to open on May 9, but will offer its first public ride on May 8 for the 64 people who enter the highest bids in an online auction, according to Cedar Point’s website.

Bidding starts at $123 per seat and all proceeds from the auction go to The LeBron James Family Foundation.

The top 64 bidders will also receive a prize pack that includes two one-day admission tickets to the park and a Rougarou first rider medallion and hat, according to the site. Of the 64 top bidders, the top eight will also receive a Nike LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary High School jersey.

Bidders have until May 3 at 11:59 p.m. to place bids. For full details on the auction, go to Cedar Point’s website.

Tap below to watch an animated P.O.V. video of what it’s like to ride the new roller coaster, or check it out on Youtube.


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Rougarou at Cedar Point

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