Skyvue

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Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel[1] (or SkyVue - the official website uses both forms[2]), is a giant Ferris wheel currently under construction near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, in Paradise, Nevada, US. It will feature a large LED screen that is billed as the "largest outdoor advertising LED screen in the world".[2]

Construction[edit]

Skyvue under construction, early August 2012

Skyvue was originally announced as being 476 ft (145 m) tall,[3][4] but has since been reported to be 490 ft (150 m)[2] and 500 ft (152.4 m).[5][6][7][8] Approved by Clark County Commission in March 2011,[9] it was announced at a media event and groundbreaking ceremony in May 2011 by Howard Bulloch of Compass Investments, who stated "We expect it to be up and running in time for New Year's 2012."[3][10] It was originally expected to have 40 gondolas, each carrying 20-25 people,[1] but in March 2012 when 1,300 cubic yards of concrete foundations were poured it was reported that there would only be 32 gondolas, each carrying 24 passengers, and that it would not open until July 4, 2013.[11][12]

In May 2012, the estimated opening date was further put back to late 2013,[7][8][13] at which time it was also reported that construction of the two main support columns had reached a height of 60 ft (18.3 m).[7] In July 2012 it was reported that Skyvue was scheduled to open on New Year's Eve, 2013,[14] and that its support columns, which had reached a height of about 61 m (200 ft), should be completed within a month.[15] A March 2013 update indicated the spindle and yoke were being assembled off site and would be installed "shortly".[16] No construction has taken place since that update. In July 2013 the developer stated “We anticipate construction to resume in the next couple of months.”[17] Projected opening has been delayed until mid-2015.[18]

Financing[edit]

On March 5, 2012, Shotgun Creek Investments, headed by Wayne Perry, announced their involvement in the $300 million project. By August 2012 they had "invested tens of millions" and may put in more, according to a statement released by SkyVue.[19] In early 2013 Shotgun Creek Investments made two loans totaling $9 million in the project.[18]

See also[edit]

  • High Roller, a giant Ferris wheel at Caesar's Palace Casino and Hotel opened March 30, 2014.
  • Voyager, a giant Ferris wheel proposed several times for Las Vegas, but never built.

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