Vegas to Get 550-Foot Ferris Wheel
Ride would top London Eye
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2011 2:53 AM CDT
In this publicity image provided by Caesars Entertainment Corp. shows an artist's rendering of the $550 million Linq project in Las Vegas, to be topped by a 550-foot Ferris wheel.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment Corp.)

(Newser) – A Ferris wheel taller than the Mandalay Bay Hotel is going up in Las Vegas, in one of the biggest construction projects the city has seen since 2009, reports USA Today. Called the High Roller, the 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel will feature 32 cabins that can hold 40 people each for the 30-minute ride. Even more importantly, developers say it will add 400 jobs over the next two years—200 during its construction and 200 permanently—much needed in one of the regions worst-hit by the economic crisis.

"What we don't need in Vegas is more hotel rooms and more casino capacity," said the CEO of the High Roller, who expects to break ground next month. The Ferris wheel will instead be the anchor to a new retail and entertainment district, called the Linq, featuring 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. The new district and Ferris wheel are set to open in late 2013.

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JackNelsonSteward
Aug 22, 2011 8:14 PM CDT
This is perfect for Vegas ... it's sparkly and all lit up, runs around and around an doesn't go anywhere and it lifts you to dangerous heights before you plunge back toward earth.
Yourself
Aug 22, 2011 9:56 AM CDT
*YAWN* they've been trying to build a ferris wheel in vegas for YEARS now. As a former Las Vegas resident, and one who worked in Architecture, I've seen my fair share of these joke proposals, some of which went through the firm I was with. 1) Vegas doesn't need a ferris wheel, from the top, there will be little to see but city lights, something you can get a view of from anywhere. Last thing I'd want is to be in some ferris wheel waiting to see it all and be stuck there... no thanks 2) 200 permanent jobs is a JOKE! Vegas Unemployment is officially hovering at about 16%, unofficially it's in the 20's! 200 construction jobs is a jokingly low number too! To use this as a sales pitch is a damn shame 3) Vegas NEEDS to find a second industry. They won't survive on hospitality and gaming alone. They NEED to bring in something else, and no, construction is NOT the solution! 4) in due time, it will be renamed New-Detroit. The CEO's of these casino companies put casino's on indian land in so many other states, then wonder why people aren't visiting vegas anymore, it's not rocket-science you morons! Why travel to the middle of a desert, when you have the same product in your own backyard!
tangeri
Aug 22, 2011 9:24 AM CDT
I remember when Mayor White wanted to put a giant ferris wheel up in Cleveland. He got laughed at, but I think it would've been pretty cool. Lot better sights around the north shore than the mojave.