One thing’s for sure: The Las Vegas Strip will never be quite the same. Behold, “The Linq.”
Caesars Entertainment, the company whose blog this is (sort of), has released a ton of renderings and information about the massive development project that has the potential to invigorate the Center-Strip area like never before.
If your eyeballs are as aroused as this blog’s are, feel free to download this large version suitable for use as a computer wallpaper background thingy (1600×1200 .jpg). Is this blog always thinking about you, or what?
The $550 million project will feature new restaurants and bars (about 70% of the development), retail stores and entertainment venues (30%).
Oh, dude on the lower left. You did NOT just whip out your mobile on a date!
The Linq project will be located across from the street from Caesars Palace (see below), and will run along the street between O’Sheas and Flamingo. Ultimately, and somewhat sadly, O’Sheas will be going away (although a similarly-themed area will be part of The Linq), and the Imperial Palace will be folded into the new project as well. Read more.
The Linq will also feature the world’s largest observation wheel, The High Roller, at 550 feet tall. The wheel will have a capacity of 2,240 passengers per hour. Or, in engineer-speak, “196,000 pounds of people at any one time.” (We aren’t making this up.)
The wheel will have 28 cabins, with a capacity of 40 people each. A full trip on the wheel will take 30 minutes, and the price for a ride is expected to be $20 or less. The wheel will require 6.6 million pounds of steel to construct.
Saddest news we can think of at the moment: There will not be gambling in the observation wheel’s cabins. Bum-mer.
Runners-up in the giant observation wheel race include the Singapore Flyer at 541 feet, the Star of Nanchang at 525 feet and the London Eye at 443 feet.
Hey, hold on a second.
Lower left of the rendering.
Exactly what kind of district is being built here?
More details on how all this will impact existing hotels: On The Linq’s north side, a guest walk path will lead from the Carnaval Court outdoor plaza at Harrah’s Vegas through the Imperial Palace and to The Linq. A pedestrian connection will be built from The Linq into the Flamingo. The project will completely transform the facade, casino and reception area of Imperial Palace.
Yeah, we’re still trying to digest all this, too. Give it time.
The Linq project will break ground next month (Sep. 2011) and be completed in 2013.
So, what do you think? This blog loves it some newness, and this grand scale development project is sure to shake things up on the Strip. Honestly, we were skeptical about how all this would unfold. But today, we’re feeling kind of, dare we say it, excited!
Part gathering place, part The Grove (à la L.A.’s famed retail complex), part attraction, part entertainment district. And the money to pay for it is already available, so the skeptics who point to stalled projects on the Strip may just get schooled on this one.
Share your thoughts in the Comments section. Or just say them out loud to yourself if you prefer. We won’t judge.