If you took a look at the High Roller today, you’d think it was complete.
That’s because construction crews today attached the final passenger cabin to the 550-foot-tall observation wheel. In all, 28 glass-enclosed cabins are now connected to the wheel, the tallest in the world.
Crews began installing the cabins in early November. Each cabin can hold 40 people, and one revolution of the wheel takes 30 minutes.
The Nevada Highway Patrol escorted the 44,000-pound pods to the wheel from an assembly warehouse 10 miles away. The short journey took three hours per pod.
Though the High Roller is now structurally complete, workers will now add LED lighting and a communications systems to the wheel.
Set to open in 2014, the wheel is at the eastern edge of the Linq entertainment plaza’s 1,200-foot pedestrian walkway.
Executives at Caesars Entertainment Corp., the company behind the $550 million retail-dining-entertainment development, expect between 4 million and 5 million riders in the High Roller’s first year of operation.