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Stratosphere Tower

2000 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas NV United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1994
  Finished1996
Floor Count12
Building Uses
 - observation
 - communication
 - religious
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - ride
Structural Types
 - tower
 - highrise
 - roller coaster
 - vertical ride
Architectural Style
 - futurism
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire1149 ft
To the tip of the Big Shot
Roof921 ft
Also the deck of the Big Shot
High roller coaster909 ftLVStripHistory.com
The 12th Floor
10th floor882 ftLVStripHistory.com
Mechanical
Observation deck873 ft
The 9th Floor
Observation floor856 ft
The 9th Floor
Reasturant level832 ftLVStripHistory.com
The 8th Floor
Third fire command center775 ftLVStripHistory.com
Highest Fire Command

Description
• Architect: Paul Steelman Design Group.
• Developer: Bob Stupak.
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• The Stratosphere Tower has the three highest thrill rides in the world:

1. The Big Shot thrill ride catapults riders from the 921-foot high platform up the Tower's mast to a height of 1,081 feet at 45 miles per hour.

2. At 866 feet, X Scream, Shaped like a giant teeter-totter, X Scream is an open vehicle that propels riders head-first, dangles them weightlessly above the Strip before pulling it's riders back and over again for more.

3. Stratosphere's newest ride, At 906 feet above the ground, Insanity the Ride includes an arm that extends out 64 feet away from the tower that spins passengers, up to three G's , the faster it goes, the higher the ride goes up to 70 degrees.

• The High Roller Coaster was the world's highest roller coaster. The ride is 909 feet above the ground and travels approximately 32 miles per hour. The ride was removed in late 2005 for a more exciting ride.

• The elevators whisk people 109 stories high at 1,800 feet per minute or 3 floors a second.

• The top levels of the tower include a wedding chapel, lounges, a restaurant, observation levels, and thrill rides.

• The mast atop the building is 228' in height, and includes a thrill ride known as the Big Shot.

• During construction, the tower was hit by lightning and caught fire atop the observation pod.

• Considered as a hazard to aviation by the FAA.

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