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High Roller (Ferris Wheel)

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High Roller
The wheel in 2015
Caesars Entertainment
Location Las Vegas Strip, Paradise, Nevada, USA
Coordinates 36°07′03″N 115°10′05″W / 36.117402°N 115.168127°W / 36.117402; -115.168127
Showman / operator Caesars Entertainment
Status Operating since March 31, 2014
Statistics
Designer / calculations Arup Engineering
Type
Capacity 1,120 per cycle
Hourly capacity 1850
Height 550 feet
Speed 1 mph
Diameter 520 feet
Cabins 28
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High Roller is a Ferris Wheel located in Las Vegas Strip, Paradise, Nevada, USA. Opening on March 31, 2014, the ride debuted as the world's tallest Ferris Wheel, with a height of 550 feet. Although Ain Dubai is now taller, it is currently not operating and thus High Roller is the world's tallest operating Ferris Wheel. It is currently run by Caesars Entertainment.

History

Construction on the wheel started in late 2011.[1] When it was announced, the purpose of the wheel was to be the centerpiece[2] of Caesars Entertainment's $550 million dollar hotel the LINQ.[3] The wheel was completed by late 2013, and the finishing touches were added in January 2014.[4] The lights that illuminated the wheel were turned on the following February of that year.

The wheel opened on March 31, 2014. It stood out as the world's tallest Ferris Wheel, standing at an astounding 550 feet. In 2021, the Ain Dubai beat it as the world's tallest, but its closure the following year resulted in High Roller reclaiming the record for now.

Design

The wheel has 28 cabins that each seat 40 people, have 8 TV screens, 300 square feet of glass, and weigh 44,000 pounds (aproximately 20,000 kg) each.[5][6][7]The wheel has a maximum hourly capacity of 1,850 riders per hour. The wheel does not stop, regardless of whether guests are loaded or not, and a full rotation is 40 minutes.

References

  1. "Moscow plans an observation wheel to beat Las Vegas 'High Roller' project". Yahoo News (in English). 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  2. "High Roller: World's Tallest Wheel Offers New Spin on Vegas". NBC News (in English). 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  3. "A vital Linq for Las Vegas | Las Vegas Blogs". web.archive.org. 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  4. Velotta, Richard N. (2013-02-25). "Hurricane Sandy drives quarterly losses for Caesars - VEGAS INC". vegasinc.lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  5. "High-flying deal for Leitner-Poma | GJSentinel.com". web.archive.org. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  6. Post, David Migoya | The Denver (2011-11-15). "Colorado's Leitner-Poma to build cabins for huge observation wheel in Las Vegas". The Denver Post (in English). Retrieved 2024-06-02.
  7. "Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel reaches new heights - www.ktnv.com". web.archive.org. 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2024-06-02.