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November 26, 2014

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New thrill ride planned atop Stratosphere

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The Stratosphere, which already boasts several rides atop its tower, is planning on adding another attraction, the SkyJump.

Sky Jump SkyCity Tower Auckland

Auckland Sky Tower Jump (from inside)

The Stratosphere is looking to add a new attraction atop its observation deck for the ultimate thrill seeker.

It’s called Sky Jump and it’s more like bungee jumping than a ride. The attraction’s Web site describes Sky Jump as “base jumping while attached to a wire.”

A similar attraction in New Zealand features an 11-second free fall of 629 feet.

American Casinos & Entertainment, which owns the Stratosphere, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that $3.6 million of its $22 million 2010 capital expenditure budget would be allocated for the Sky Jump.

A spokesman for the Stratosphere said the property plans to make an official announcement on the attraction early next year, pending approval from the proper entities.

City of Las Vegas spokesman Jace Radke said the Stratosphere will need to file plans with the city’s building and safety department, as well as get a building permit, certification and annual inspection, which the Stratosphere has yet to do. The process could take weeks, Radke said.

The cost of New Zealand’s Sky Jump is $140 per jump. Prices for the Stratosphere’s three existing rides — Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the Ride — cost $30 for an all-day pass.

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