Las Vegas’ record-breaking Ferris wheel in numbers
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip is getting the world’s largest Ferris wheel, dubbed the High Roller. Workers hoisted the final 60-foot piece of the 55-story outer wheel into place Tuesday. Here’s a look at the gargantuan carnival ride in numbers:
— At 550 feet, the High Roller is 9 feet taller than its closest competitor, the Singapore Flyer, and 100 feet taller than the London Eye.
— The wheel will carry 3.5 million pounds of steel. That’s more than the weight of 200 Hummers.
— Each cable holding the wheel in place has a breaking force equal to 550 tons, the weight of nearly 100 elephants.
— Workers have assembled parts of the wheel over the course of two years in China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Colorado.
— Each of the ride’s 28 enclosed cabins will be made from four sheets of laminated glass covering 300 square feet each.
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