Stratosphere Las Vegas

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Stratosphere Las Vegas
Stratosphere Las Vegas - November 2003.jpg
The Stratosphere Las Vegas with the Stratosphere Tower
Location United StatesUnited States Las Vegas
opening April 30, 1996
room 2,427
Casino area 7,400 m²
Shows American Superstars
Attractions The Big Shot
Insanity the Ride
Previous names Vegas World
owner Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds

The Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel , casino and observation tower in Las Vegas , Nevada , USA . The 2,427-room hotel is best known for the Stratosphere Tower , the tallest free-standing structure in the USA west of the Mississippi at 350 m .


The Stratosphere is the northernmost of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and is located near downtown Las Vegas.


The project was conceived by Bob Stupak , it was built in the mid-1990s and opened on April 30, 1996. However, Stupak had to give up the project, which now belongs to a company controlled by Carl Icahn . The construction costs were around $ 500 million.

Stratosphere Tower

The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States at 1149 feet and houses the Top of the World Restaurant on its observation deck . The tower or revolving restaurant rotates once around its axis within an hour and offers a complete panoramic view of Las Vegas and its surroundings, as far as the Spring Mountains and up to the 3,630 meter high Charleston Peak .

Above the viewing platform, from April 30, 1996, was the High Roller roller coaster located at a height of 280 meters , which was the highest roller coaster in the world until December 31, 2005 and has since been completely dismantled. With the Big Shot you can be catapulted 40 meters up the tower mast, then you return in free fall to the starting point, high above the rooftops of Las Vegas. With Big Shot , 4 g act on the driver, at the top you are weightless for a short time. The third attraction on the roof of the tower (since 2003) is called X-Scream . With the ride Insanity - The Ride , a kind of chain carousel, you have a clear view into the depths. In 2005 there was an incident in which visitors had to hang out over the edge of the tower in the ride for 1.5 hours because an emergency stop was triggered due to strong winds.

Since April 19, 2010 the Stratosphere Tower has offered the highest sky jump in the world.


Web links

Commons : Stratosphere Las Vegas  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Keith Rogers: Teen, cousin suffer night of Insanity . April 21, 2005. Archived from the original on April 23, 2005.
  2. Spiegel Online : Las Vegas offers the world's highest sky jump , April 22, 2010. Accessed on May 2, 2010.

Coordinates: 36 ° 8 ′ 51 ″  N , 115 ° 9 ′ 20 ″  W.