[toc]One of the big changes for the Atlantic City Boardwalk appears to on track to make its debut this year.
Here comes AC’s observation wheel
The Press of AC reported on the latest status of the observation wheel that has been in the works for the Steel Pier for several years. The logistics of putting an attraction that big — at more than 200 feet and a cost of $14 million — on the boardwalk is no small job, unsurprisingly.
The president of the pier, Anthony Catanoso, said he hopes the wheel can officially be added to the pier’s open attractions this summer. More from the Press of AC:
Catanoso said the wheel should be ready by July. Late last year, he said the pier hoped to have it open by Memorial Day.
That won’t happen because the pier people later learned they needed to order custom-made steel beams as part of the support structure for the wheel.
The Press of AC noted that a lot of the groundwork for installation has been laid in recent months, making the timeline achievable.
Once constructed, the wheel will be roughly half the size of ones in Las Vegas and London.
The Steel Pier, at a glance
The Catanoso family bought the pier in 2011 from Trump Entertainment Resorts — they operated it prior the purchase — and has been working on making the wheel a reality since 2013. The wheel was constructed in Italy and shipped to AC in 2015.
The Steel Pier has been an icon of Atlantic City for more than a century, dating back to its construction in 1898. While it hosted concerts from its start, it added amusement rides in 1993 at the height of the casino boom.
The pier already features a variety of attractions common at amusement parks, carnivals and other East Coast shore spots. But the observation wheel overlooking the ocean will certainly set it part.
Atlantic City, of course, has fallen on hard times, with just seven casinos left in the resort town. But the wheel might be a physical symbol of change that is afoot in the city.
The changing face of Atlantic City
- Hard Rock is getting into business in AC, taking over Trump Taj Mahal.
- Showboat is open, sans casino gambling.
- AC’s other iconic pier, Garden Pier, could be getting a facelift.
- The Atlantic Club is rising from the ashes as a water park resort.
- AC is even trying to get in on the esports craze.
The building of the observation wheel will alter the skyline of AC, which is already changing in a variety of ways.
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