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Las Vegas to build world's tallest observation wheel
2012-07-27 09:29

CAESARS Entertainment Corp announced on Wednesday that it obtained a key county permit to build the world's tallest observation wheel in a more than half-billion US dollar retail, dining and entertainment complex it is developing on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Ferris-style wheel, dubbed the High Roller, is expected to stand 167.6 meters tall. It is the centerpiece of a planned US$550 million development, dubbed LINQ, expected to open next year between the company's Harrah's Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas casinos.

The height would eclipse the nearly 135-meter London Eye, which opened in 1999, and the 165-meter Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008. Both were the tallest observation wheels in the world when they opened.

The Caesars project would also be taller than a 152.4-meter wheel called SkyVue currently under construction about 5 kilometers south on Las Vegas Boulevard.

That wheel is also expected to open in late 2013.

Caesars project chief David Codiga said the amusement and transportation systems permit received from Clark County showed the High Roller - modeled after the London and Singapore structures - met rigorous national design, construction, maintenance, operation and safety standards.

"We learned from those experiences and we've used a design team with the experience to adapt them to Las Vegas," Codiga said. "This allows us to complete the project."

County spokesman Erik Pappa confirmed that Caesars had been granted the permit.

As designed, the wheel is oriented parallel to the casino-lined Strip. It would have 28 air-conditioned bubble-like cabins capable of accommodating 40 people each.

At capacity, more than 1,100 people at a time would see broad panoramas of marquee-lit resorts during a 30-minute revolution.

Codiga said Caesars has gotten inquiries already from people interested in weddings in the sky.

Source:Shanghai Daily