Construction crews work Wednesday, March 6, 2013, to build support pylons for the 12-story takeoff tower that will launch riders along the Slotzilla permanent zip line at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The $11 million attraction is set to open in June.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Concrete is cracking and heavy machinery is rumbling, moving tons of dirt, as construction is under way to build a permanent zip line in downtown Las Vegas.
Pedestrians are being diverted around the middle of the Fremont Street Experience near Neonopolis and the Fremont Hotel & Casino, as crews are in the early phases of building Slotzilla, billed as the world's largest slot machine and the launching tower for the zip line.
Construction currently is centered on drilling holes for the support pylons that will hold up a 12-story takeoff tower, said Tom Bruny, director of marketing for the Fremont Street Experience. The supports will plunge 65 feet into the ground. The first of two landing pads is also being built near the Fremont casino, 850 feet from the tower. The line will zip riders 75 feet in the air under the world's largest LED video screen.
When completed, Slotzilla, will have two sets of zip lines. The next step will involve work on a second landing pad in front of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Those pair of lines will hurl riders at speeds of 35 mph, as they lie flat on a harness in a "superhero position" 112 feet off the ground.
The $11 million attraction is on track to open in late June.
Fremont Street Experience
Legendary casinos, free entertainment, old-fashioned gambling hospitality – this is the vintage Vegas of the Fremont Street Experience. Some say it's almost intimate. You may even run into one of the casino owners while you sit at the blackjack table. Some say it's the free entertainment that makes us vintage. On any given night you may see famous bands, strolling showgirls, or an amazing saxophone performance. Some say it's the history. Las Vegas started 100 years ago in 1905 near the corner of Fremont and Main Streets. Fremont Street was the first paved street. The Fremont Hotel opened 50 years ago and launched the careers of famous entertainers like Wayne Newton. Others say it's the service. A dining experience at Hugo's Cellar inside the Four Queens is unrivaled and renowned. And we can't forget the gambling. Test your fortune at The Lady Luck or Fitzgeralds casinos on some of the loosest slots in town.
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