Construction on The Linq and High Roller coming full circle in Las Vegas

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 10, 2013: The final section of the High Roller’s rim was added today by construction crews bringing the rim full circle. The wheel’s rim was formed from 28 sections, each 56 feet long and 44 tons in weight.

The 255-foot temporary radial struts holding the rim in place will be replaced with four cables.

Next in the  construction phase is the addition of 28 glass-enclosed cabins. With the cabins, the High Roller will reach 550 feet.

Everything is rolling along according to schedule with The Linq and its High Roller observation wheel.

The $550 million open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, located between The Quad Resort & Casino and the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip, announced its newest tenants earlier this week. Construction on the district’s centerpiece, the High Roller, is nearly 80 percent complete.

Newly announced tenants at The Linq include 12A.M. Run, Chilli Beans, Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, Goorin Bros., Polaroid Fotobar, The Stomping Grape and Vanity Style Lounge. Previously announced tenants include Bella Scarpa, Brooklyn Bowl, Chayo Cocina, F.A.M.E., Flour & Barley, KOTO, Off the Strip, Ruby Blue, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream, The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery and Yard House.

“We are proud of the dynamic collection of retailers, restaurateurs and entertainment venues we’ve assembled as part of The Linq,” the development’s Vice President and General Manager Jon Gray said in a press release. “Each tenant is carefully selected to ensure that the brand offering and its placement within the development help us achieve just the right mix of fun and discovery to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience on the 50-yard line of the world famous Las Vegas Strip.”

When complete, The High Roller will be the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. That’s nine feet taller than the Singapore Flyer and 107 feet taller than the London Eye.

“It wasn’t long ago that this truly was an alley,” said Brian Fink, associate principal of Klai Juba Architects during a recent media tour of the construction site. “The High Roller at the end is very unique and will be a world renowned feature.”

Read more about this exciting, new Las Vegas attraction here: High Roller: Your Linq to a well-rounded Vegas Strip ride.

The Linq is expected to open before the end of the year while the High Roller is slated for a February 2014 opening.