Caesars Entertainment has announced that it has obtained a key county permit to build the world’s tallest observation wheel in a $550m retail, dining and entertainment complex on the Las Vegas Strip.
Dubbed the High Roller, the ferris-wheel is expected to stand 550 feet (167.6 metres) tall and would eclipse the nearly 443-foot (135-metre) London Eye, which opened in 1999, and the 541-foot (165-metre) Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008. Both were the tallest observation wheels in the world when they opened.
In the battle to build bigger, the Caesars project would also be taller than a 500-foot (152.4-metre) wheel called SkyVue currently under construction about 3 miles (5 kilometres) south on Las Vegas Boulevard..
Caesars project chief David Codiga said the amusement and transportation systems permit received Thursday 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 told the Associated Press. “This allows us to complete the project.”
Jason Krolicki, project manager for Arup Engineering, said the structure was designed to exceed area seismic, wind and temperature extremes.
It is slated to feature 28 air-conditioned bubble-like cabins capable of accommodating 40 people apiece, with passengers experiencing views across the famous strip throughout a 30-minute revolution.
Codiga said a final certificate of operation won’t be issued until the wheel is built, tested and commissioned.
Down the road, support structures now stand about 200 feet (61 metres) high for the rival SkyVue wheel which features 32 gondolas, capable of holding 25 people apiece.
Both High Roller and SkyVue are expected to open in late 2013.