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With installation of observation pod, Strip wheel at the Linq now the world’s tallest

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Courtesy Caesars Entertainment

The first glass-enclosed passenger cabin was attached to the High Roller at the Linq construction site Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

High Roller Completes Outer Wheel

The High Roller observation wheel is shown under construction Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The final segment of the outer wheel was installed Tuesday. The 550-foot tall observation wheel, which will be the tallest in the world when completed, is the centerpiece of of the $550 million Linq entertainment district being built by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Launch slideshow »

The High Roller is now the tallest observation wheel in the world.

Construction crews today attached the first passenger cabin to the Linq’s observation wheel, taking its height to 550 feet tall. That’s taller than the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.

Before its installation, the Nevada Highway Patrol escorted the 44,000-pound, glass-enclosed cabin to the observation wheel from an assembly warehouse 10 miles away. The journey took three hours.

Crews expect to have all 28 cabins installed within the next two months. Each cabin can hold 40 people, and one revolution of the wheel takes 30 minutes.

The cabin’s arrival comes on the heels of the giant wheel’s completion in early September. The wheel is at the eastern edge of the Linq entertainment plaza’s 1,200-foot pedestrian walkway.

It is set to open in December.

Executives at Caesars Entertainment Corp., the company behind the $550 million retail-dining-entertainment development, expect 4 million and 5 million riders in the High Roller’s first year of operation.

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