High Rolling in Las Vegas at The LINQ
Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more. The Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. Riders will enjoy a mesmerizing journey that begins with its pre-ride experience including interactive elements on the first floor, and a lounge on the second. Boarding will take place on the third floor while the building’s fifth floor is a hospitality floor with outdoor patios. Visitors can enjoy a full day’s worth of activities and venues at The LINQ before or after sky-high sightseeing. Here are some interesting facts about the High Roller:
• The High Roller tops out at 550 feet making it the largest observation wheel in the world.
• In addition to its great height, the High Roller will offer an immersive pre-ride experience for its passengers on their journey from ticketing through the wheel house complete with a lounge, to the wheel ride which features unparalleled
views of the Las Vegas Strip.
• The wheel structure boasts 7.2 million pounds of steel and 112 cables. Each cable measures approximately 225 feet, for a combined total of 25,256 feet.
• The High Roller features 28 spherical cabins that will each hold 40 guests. Each cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds and includes 300 square feet of glass. The cabin windows are doubly curved and fabricated from four sheets of laminated glass. The cabins will also feature dynamic video and music shows that will fade away seamlessly to show the most impressive views of the Las Vegas valley.
• Fabrication of the wheel began in late 2011 and took place in several locations across the globe including China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Colorado, California and Las Vegas.
• The High Roller will travel at one foot per second and take roughly 30 minutes to make one full revolution.
• The wheel will be lit with more than 2,000 LED lights to create a customizable and visually stunning display.
• February 29, 2012 Ground breaks on the construction of the High Roller.
• October 22, 2012 Begin erection of the wheel structure.
• March 15, 2013 The hub and spindle of the High Roller is complete.
• July 5, 2013 The fi rst section of the rim is installed.
• September 9, 2013 The 28th and final piece of rim of the High Roller is installed and completed.
• October 26, 2013 Wheel structure is completed.
• November 6, 2013 The first of 28 passenger cabins is attached to the rim of the High Roller.
• December 3, 2013 The final passenger cabin is attached to the rim of the High Roller.
• December 20, 2013 Wheel drive system installation complete.
WORLD’S GREAT WHEELS:
1. High Roller: 550 feet; 28 cabins; 1,120-passenger capacity (instantaneous)
2. Singapore Flyer: 541 feet; 28 cabins; 784-passenger capacity
3. London Eye: 443 feet tall; 32 cabins; 800-passenger capacity
HIGH ROLLER PROJECT TEAM:
David Codiga, Executive Project Director
Randy Printz, Themed Development, Project Manager, Eric Eberhart, General Manager
Engineer of Record: Arup
Architect of Record: Klai Juba Architects
Designer: THG of Nevada, LLC
General Contractor: W. A. Richardson Builders
Wheel Contractor: American Bridge Company
Cabin Contractor: Leitner Poma of America
Drive System Contractor: Schwager Davis, Inc.
Control System Contractor: Heywood Engineering
All in the same area, the iconic lifestyle boutique Kitson, will open a forerunner in our city’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment district located just past The LINQ entrance and next to the Flamingo. Kitson will be one of the first shops visitors see as they enter the passageway from Las Vegas Boulevard. In addition to the unique take on basics that Kitson fans know and love, The LINQ location will showcase exclusives from Homies, Boy London, Sol Angeles, Yosi Samra, Lauren Moshi and others. “Kitson is a store that both visitors and locals will enjoy checking out during every visit to The LINQ.” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ. “At our new Las Vegas location, what is bought in Vegas will definitely not stay in Vegas!” said Courtney Saavedra, director of marketing and public relations for Kitson. “The LINQ is offering an over-the-top experience. Our blend of luxury with kitsch and fashion with fun will further define The LINQ as a must-visit Las Vegas attraction. We’ll have everything you need to go from the pool to the club.” Kitson will join fellow retailers such as Goorin Bros., Chilli Beans and 12A.M. Run (who will debut their first Las Vegas locations at The LINQ). Visitors will be able to explore these trendy retail outlets while also enjoying great dining and entertainment venues such as Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Brooklyn Bowl.
For more information, visit www.thelinq.com, or contact Christina Karas at 216.470.3848 or Courtney Saavedra at 626.862.7747.