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Construction under way for SlotZilla, part of new downtown zip line


Ron Sylvester

Construction crews work Wednesday, March 6, 2013, to build support pylons for the 12-story takeoff tower that will launch riders along the Slotzilla permanent zip line at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The $11 million attraction is set to open in June.

SlotZilla Unveiled

SlotZilla, a permanent two-level zip line that spans 1,700 feet through the Fremont Street Experience canopy was unveiled to the public Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Concrete is cracking and heavy machinery is rumbling, moving tons of dirt, as construction is under way to build a permanent zip line in downtown Las Vegas.

Pedestrians are being diverted around the middle of the Fremont Street Experience near Neonopolis and the Fremont Hotel & Casino, as crews are in the early phases of building Slotzilla, billed as the world's largest slot machine and the launching tower for the zip line.

Construction currently is centered on drilling holes for the support pylons that will hold up a 12-story takeoff tower, said Tom Bruny, director of marketing for the Fremont Street Experience. The supports will plunge 65 feet into the ground. The first of two landing pads is also being built near the Fremont casino, 850 feet from the tower. The line will zip riders 75 feet in the air under the world's largest LED video screen.

When completed, Slotzilla, will have two sets of zip lines. The next step will involve work on a second landing pad in front of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Those pair of lines will hurl riders at speeds of 35 mph, as they lie flat on a harness in a "superhero position" 112 feet off the ground.

The $11 million attraction is on track to open in late June.

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