- Posted April 12, 2014 by
High Roller (Ferris wheel) Las Vegas, Nevada 2014
The High Roller is a 550-foot tall (167.6 m), 520-foot (160 m) diameter a giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip located at the new LINQ and the The Quad Resort and Casino (formerly the Imperial Palace).
It is the world's tallest observation wheel, 9 ft (2.7 m) taller than the 541-foot (165 m) Singapore Flyer, which held the record for the world's tallest observation wheel from 2008 until 2014. After nearly three years of planning and construction it opened to the public on March 31, 2014.
The High Roller is illuminated nightly at sunset by a 2,000-LED system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.
The High Roller rotates on a pair of custom-designed spherical roller bearings, each weighing approximately 19,400 lb (8,800 kg), the largest spherical roller bearings ever produced by the SKF manufacturing facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. They have an outer diameter of 7.55 feet (2.30 m), an inner bore of 5.25 feet (1.60 m), and a width of 2.07 feet (0.63 m).
High Roller's transparent spherical passenger cabins were supplied by Leitner-Poma of America and designed by French sister company Sigma. Parent company Poma supplied, and Sigma also designed, the passenger capsules for the London Eye.
The cabins are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel and individually turned by electric motors to keep the floor horizontal throughout each 30-minute rotation. This style of passenger car is usually referred to as a passenger capsule, but in High Roller's case the term passenger cabin is also widely used.
Early reports stated that High Roller was to have 32 passenger cars, each able to carry up to 40 people, but later reports reduced this to 28 cars, again able to carry 40 people, giving a total capacity of 1,120 passengers.
Each 225-square-foot (20.9 m) cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds (20,000 kg), has a diameter of 22 feet (6.7 m), includes 300 square feet (28 m) of glass, and is equipped with eight flat-screen televisions and an iPod dock.