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Six Flags Over Texas
SFOT Main Park Entrance
The park's main entrance in 2011.
Location Arlington, Texas, Texas, United States
Coordinates 32°45′20.52″N 97°4′12.80″W / 32.7557°N 97.070222°W / 32.7557; -97.070222Coordinates: 32°45′20.52″N 97°4′12.80″W / 32.7557°N 97.070222°W / 32.7557; -97.070222
Owner Texas Flags, Ltd. (51%)
Operated by Six Flags
Opened August 5, 1961; 58 years ago
Operating season Year-round
Area 212 acres (0.331 sq mi) (0.86 km²)
Attractions
Total 45
Roller coasters 13
Water rides 3
Status Operating

Six Flags Over Texas is a 212-acre (86 ha) theme park located in Arlington, Texas, east of Fort Worth and about 15 miles (24 km) west of Dallas. It was the first Six Flags Theme Park, but because of later acquisitions it is not the oldest park of the Six Flags chain (that particular title is held by Six Flags New England). The park opened on August 5, 1961, following just a year of construction and an initial investment of US$10 million by real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr.

The park is managed by the Six Flags Entertainment Corp., which also owns 53.1% interest of the Texas Limited Partnership that owns the park. A similar arrangement exists with the partnership that owns Six Flags Over Georgia. Six Flags Over Texas Fund, Ltd, a private-equity and asset management firm headed by Dallas businessman Jack Knox, purchased the park in 1969. Over the years the various companies that managed the park, exercised options to purchase interest in the fund. Six Flags Entertainment has an option to purchase the remaining 46.9% in 2028. Starting in 1991, the park was managed by Time Warner Entertainment. In 1998, Time Warner sold its interests in the Six Flags parks to Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, which later changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.

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