Cedar Point would rename coaster if LeBron returns to Cleveland

Akron Beacon JournalJuly 9, 2014 

Cedar Point says if LeBron James comes home, it will rename one of its 17 roller coasters in his honor.

On its Twitter account, officials with the Sandusky amusement park posted the following tweet Wednesday afternoon: "Hey @KingJames - come back to the @cavs and we'll rename one of our coasters, "King James!" Ball in your court, sir."

Spokesman Bryan Edwards said the idea came from Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. CEO Matt Ouimet.

"He said, 'let's make the offer', and he was serious," Edwards said.

James, a four-time league MVP, is contemplating leaving the Miami Heat - the team he went to when he left the Cavaliers in 2010. Some sources say James is considering a return to Cleveland.

Renaming a coaster is a rare thing, Edwards said, but it speaks to how serious the park is about trying to lure James, an Akron native, back.

"We're huge supporters of the Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio and the entire state in general, and him coming back would mean a lot to this area," Edwards said.

"That's what we're trying to show by 1/8the offer3/8," he said. "We just wanted to up the ante."

Edwards said the park hasn't decided which coaster to rename and would like James' input.

"If he makes the decision to come back, we'll get with him," Edwards said.

The park's collection of coasters ranges from its newest, the Pipe Scream, to its oldest, the Blue Streak.

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