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Joe Downtown: SlotZilla gets its steel legs today

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Ron Sylvester

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.

SlotZilla Unveiled

SlotZilla, a permanent two-level zip line that spans 1,700 feet through the Fremont Street Experience canopy was unveiled to the public Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The scaffolding-supported zip line at the Fremont Street Experience is slowly being transformed into the $11 million SlotZilla, a slot-machine-themed attraction whose metal beams are being put into place today.

Expected to open in June, the 11-story, permanent zip line structure will let riders choose their “flight” starting at 100 feet or 70 feet high.

Riders at the higher level will zip 1,700 feet down Fremont Street to roughly the Golden Gate casino. From the lower takeoff platform, riders will travel 850 feet to the Fremont casino.

As Las Vegas Weekly pointed out recently, the structure might also create a division between the Fremont Street Experience and the Fremont East Entertainment District, a burgeoning area that exists outside of the electrified canopy of the Experience.

Downtown residents and workers just hope there’s more room to walk along the Experience, as construction of the tower near 4th Street forces pedestrians into relatively narrow walking corridors.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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