Marineland, the iconic amusement park near Seattle’s waterfront, is shutting down for good.
Owner Steve Marinetti, who owns Sonics Park, announced the decision in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
He called it “a very difficult decision for all of us.”
“I’ve been a part of Sonics for more than 50 years, and I am deeply saddened by the news,” Marinetti said.
“It is the right thing to do for the long-term health of the Sonics franchise, and for the fans. “
“We have the support of our family and the fans, and this is a bittersweet day for all. “
“Our fans have been our most loyal and loyal fans, with the best memories of the franchise and our community.” “
Marinetti previously said the company would begin a transition to a new owner and that the decision would be announced soon. “
Our fans have been our most loyal and loyal fans, with the best memories of the franchise and our community.”
Marinetti previously said the company would begin a transition to a new owner and that the decision would be announced soon.
He said he had not yet spoken to Marinetti about potential investors.
The announcement came a day after the company announced plans to shutter two other theme parks in the next year.
In a statement, Sonics CEO Bob Lanier said the team had been working with a new investor to help it “retire” its theme park in Vancouver, British Columbia, and “move our headquarters to a different venue in the state of Washington.”
It is time to face the future.” “
But this is no longer a day to celebrate.
It is time to face the future.”
He said the Sonias will continue to operate the park as it has for the past 40 years.
“This is not about us being in this moment,” he said.
The Sonis have been in business since 1906.
They opened in 1962.
They had a massive, $1 billion expansion in 2013 and now have a total of 22 amusement parks.
The park has sold more than $100 billion worth of tickets, including nearly $1.5 billion for the 2017 season.
Sonics’ first game in Seattle, a 6-2 win over the Chicago Bulls on April 6, 2017, drew a record 5.8 million fans.
According to the company’s website, the Sonis were “established in 1906 to entertain the masses at Sonics Stadium.”
In 2009, the franchise relocated to Seattle from Los Angeles.
Sonics fans have also been part of a recent wave of mass suicides in the U.S., most notably the suicide of a fan who died in his home state of Utah in May.
In May, the park had been on lockdown for five days, and the Sonins’ Twitter account posted a message of support from fans, many of whom carried signs saying, “Thank you, Sonic Nation.”