The world’s tallest observation wheel took its inaugural spin on March 31 on the Las Vegas Strip.

By John Guzzon
The Linq observation wheel is now open in Las Vegas.

The 550-ft-tall, 28-cabin “Las Vegas High Roller” anchors Caesar Entertainment’s recently opened $550-million, 200,000-sq-ft. Linq entertainment complex. The 520-ft-dia., 1,120-passenger wheel is taller than the London Eye and 9-ft. higher than the former record holder, Singapore Flyer. American Bridge Co., Coraopolis, Penn., was the general contractor, with the San Francisco office of Arup as engineer-of-record.

However, an observation wheel planned for the northeast side of Staten Island could soon wrest title away from Las Vegas. Design-build contractor Starneth BV is scheduled to finish the 630-ft.-tall, 1,440-passenger “New York Wheel” in 2016.