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Stratosphere to offer 855-foot SkyJump

Jan. 10, 2010 at 3:07 PM

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Stratosphere hotel and casino in Las Vegas said visitors will soon be able to enjoy a SkyJump in which they will drop 855 feet from the hotel's tower.

American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC chief executive Frank Riolo, whose company owns the Stratosphere, said the new SkyJump attraction is expected to open in April and will cost $100 a jump, the Las Vegas Sun said Saturday.

"This will not only be North America's only skyjump, but, also the highest skyjump in the world," Riolo said.

Individuals seeking to take part in the SkyJump attraction will don custom jump suits and after undergoing a safety lesson, will be tethered to a metal cable and be allowed to jump.

Wires will allow participants to remain on course amid their 108-story fall and their decent will eventually be slowed by a machine to allow for a safe controlled landing, the Sun reported.

The SkyJump attraction will join the Stratosphere's existing rides of the Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the Ride.

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