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www.wmfd.com - Four years in the making, what's being hailed as the world's largest observation wheel is now open to the public on the Las Vegas strip. }}" />

   
 
 
Las Vegas Welcomes High Roller Ferris Wheel

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/6/2014

Four years in the making, what's being hailed as the world's largest observation wheel is now open to the public on the Las Vegas strip. The highly-anticipated "High Roller" is part of Caesar Entertainment's 555-million- LINQ pr$ject. Azenith Smith was among the first to ride the big wheel on opening day. Taking the Las Vegas strip to a whole new level, the "High Roller" is welcoming its first ticketholders. "It's a new icon on the Las Vegas skyline, day and night," says Jon Gray, Vice President and General Manager of the LINQ. Standing at 550 feet tall, the largest observation wheel in the world is offering visitors a 360-degree view of the valley. "We were up there just now and you can see the snow on Mount Charleston, you see the planes flying into McCarran and then at night obviously the incredible landscape of the strip, it's a marvel," says Eric Eberhart, "High Roller" General Manager. Up to 40 people can go inside one of the 28 cabins, completely surrounded by glass. Each cabin equipped with video screens to show the elevation and orange seating. The wheel making one revolution in a half hour, cabins already booked for private corporation parties, birthday parties and even weddings. "If they choose to charter out a private cabin, we can roll a bar on there for them and have full-service," says David Codiga, Executive Project Director for the LINQ/High Roller. "We anticipate a lot of proposals and have actually had one already." The high roller is serving as the focal point for the 30-venue LINQ project between the Quad and Flamingo, Caesars Entertainment's latest attempt to attract visitors to the strip's 50-year line. "We were able to take a underused alleyway and build all this into it," says Codiga. And while it was no easy feat to build... "We have over seven million pounds of steel in this and clearly the cabins in themselves, there's 28 of them, they weigh 44,000 pounds apiece, getting them here was a challenge in itself," Codiga says. The "High Roller" is proving it belongs in a city well-known for being over the top. "It doesn't seem like a ride, it feels like you are floating in this beautiful structure," Codiga says. "So for anyone who's a little bit worried about heights, I would say give it a try, I think you're going to be very happy."

   
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