Courtesy Caesars Entertainment
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 | 1:01 p.m.
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.