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World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip.

World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip

World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip.
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News.

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel erected in Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment.

The outer shell of what will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel was erected September 10 on the Las Vegas NV Strip, a locale already notorious for inducing sensory overload.

The top of the High Roller ride, placed across the street from Caesar’s Palace, will soar 55 stories over Sin City. When the new landmark is completed early next year, it will be adorned with 1,500 LED lights.

“It’s going to be an icon,” Project Director David Codiga told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be a part of your visit to Las Vegas NV if you ride it or not. It’s more or less impossible not to see it if you come here.”

The Ferris wheel is part of a $550 million plan — in addition to an outdoor plaza & mall — by Caesars Entertainment Corporation to lure more young people to Vegas. Each spin will cost tourists about $30, according to Caesars spokeswoman Christina Karas.
The massive Ferris wheel will not be what people remember from carnivals of their childhoods. Pods designed to transport 40 people will come with audio-visual components to accompany aerial views of the city during the half-hour rotation.

While the 550 foot ride will trump the current biggest Ferris Wheel, the Singapore Flyer, by 9 feet, it may only hold the record for a short time.

In 2012, New York City Mayor Bloomberg formally announced plans for a Staten Island Ferris wheel which, at 625 feet, would exceed the height of the Singapore Flyer, the London Eye & plans for the new wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. The plans just received community board approval earlier this summer.

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Caesars Entertainment to Open The Linq.

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Caesars Entertainment to Open The Linq.
$550 million leisure district to open in 2013.

A new US$550m leisure district – The Linq – on the Las Vegas Strip is gearing up for its launch in 2013.

Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, The Linq will span more than 200,000sq ft. (18,580sq m) and is comprised of retail, dining, beverage and entertainment experiences. The project was designed by Washington D.C-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects and the architect of record is Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Architects.

Caesars has retained Caruso Affiliated, owner and operator of Los Angeles shopping distract The Grove, as the leasing agent for the project.

The focal point will be a giant observation wheel – The Las Vegas High Roller. It is set to be the world’s tallest wheel yet at 550ft, eclipsing both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Designed as transparent spheres, the 28 cabins can each accommodate up to 40 people.

The Hettema Group designed the wheel attraction that will take 30 minutes to complete one full revolution. The High Roller will have the capacity to accommodate 2,240 passengers per hour and 10 million annually.

It will be erected at the rear of The Linq entertainment district and will face north and south, parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard.

The Linq will bring upgrades to three, large mid-Strip Caesars Entertainment resorts and O’Shea’s casino. On the Linq’s north side, a path will lead from the Carnaval Court outdoor plaza at Harrah’s Las Vegas resort through the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino and to The Linq.

A pedestrian connection will also be built from The Linq into Flamingo Las Vegas on the south.