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 (18-meter) piece of the 55-story outer wheel into place Tuesday. Here’s a look at the gargantuan carnival ride in numbers:
— At 550 feet (168 meters), the High Roller is 9 feet (2.7 meters) taller than its closest competitor, the Singapore Flyer, and 100 feet (30.5 meters) taller than the London Eye.
— The wheel will carry 3.5 million pounds (1.59 million kilograms) 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 (27.87 square meters) each.