Last week Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced that a key county permit was obtained to build the world's tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. This giant Ferris wheel will be part of a new to develop retail, dining and entertainment complex, situated on the Las Vegas Strip, between Harrah's, Imperial Palace and Flamingo. The new wheel is oriented parallel to the casino-lined Strip. An investment of 550 million dollar is necessary for the development.
David Codiga, Caesars project chief, stated that the High Roller, which is modeled after the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, met all standards necessary in order to start construction. The final certificate will only be issued once the construction of the wheel has been completed and when testing will be successfully finished.
Jason Krolicki, project manager for Arup Engineering, said the structure of High Roller is designed in such a way that it would “survive” seismic activities, extreme winds and high temperatures.
At this moment the largest observation wheel is Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008, standing 165 meter (541 Ft) tall. High Roller will be 167 meter (550 Ft) high… Europe’s largest wheel is the London Eye, “only” 135m (443 Ft) tall. This new Las Vegas sensation is expected to open next year. High Roller will have 28 air-conditioned cabins, with a capacity of 40 people per cabin. One full circle will take about 30 minutes.
Currently another Ferris wheel project is under development in Las Vegas near McCarran International Airport: SkyVue. This one will be only 500 Foot tall. SkyVue can be found about 3 miles south of Las Vegas Boulevard, and is expected to open in late 2013.