Share this on:
 E-mail
132
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view eholly's profile
    Posted April 12, 2014 by
    eholly

    More from eholly

    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.

    • TAGS:

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story