70-story slide coming to L.A. This undated artist's rendering provided by Overseas Union Enterprise Limited shows a glass slide 1,000 feet above the ground off the side of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. (Michael Ludvik/OUE Ltd. via AP)
70-story slide coming to L.A.
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Thrill-seekers looking to take their fear of heights to a new level can come to downtown Los Angeles this summer and careen down a clear glass slide atop the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
 
The "Skyslide" is scheduled to begin sending urban adventurers down the relatively brief ride 1,000 feet above the ground in June. It will span 45 feet from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower.
 
Nothing but inch-and-a-quarter glass separates riders from the ground, promising to provide both a thrill and quite the view for anyone willing to open their eyes along the way.
 
On a clear day, the 72-story tower provides panoramic views that extend to Catalina Island 22 miles off the Pacific Coast and over the Santa Monica Mountains to the city's sprawling San Fernando Valley.
 
"There will be nothing like it in the U.S.," said Lucy Rumantir, head of U.S. operations for the building owner OUE Limited of Singapore.
 
And that is just the reason for building a giant slide in the sky, Rumantir said.
 
"When you do something new in LA, you've got to be creative," she said, adding there are already plenty of things to see in the area. But the building owners' thinking goes, that a wild slide through the sky might drive more thrill-seekers downtown rather than to the beaches, Disneyland and other traditional attractions.
 
Downtown nightlife has exploded in recent years with the addition of upscale hotels, The Broad museum, the LA Live entertainment district and trendy bars and restaurants.
 
Skyslide also continues a trend of creating attractions designed for urban thrill-seekers who for some reason seem eager to laugh in the face of acrophobia.
 
Grand Canyon Skywalk, the horseshoe-shaped bridge that opened nine years ago, allows visitors to stroll right off the edge of the canyon's north rim and stare through 2,000 feet of nothingness to the canyon floor. The Las Vegas Strip's X-Scream roller-coaster sends riders on a wild plunge off the top of the 1,100-foot Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
 
Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) renovated its 103rd floor observation deck in 2009 to add all-glass balconies, allowing people to actually step several feet off the ledge.
 
In Los Angeles, Skyslide is part of a $50 million renovation that will also put an open-air observation deck and bar on the tower's top floors.
 
Admission to the Skyspace observation deck will be $25. Tickets to Skyslide will be $8.
 
Tickets go on sale March 18. Rumantir said the building is already receiving hundreds of calls from people who want to slide.
 
Asked if she'll actually slide down the thing when it opens, she laughed.
 
"Oh yeah, of course. We're going to be the ones who actually test the whole thing before it goes public. The risk is on us."

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COMMENTS (39)
  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    3/07/2016 - 06:21 p.m.

    The first word that comes to mind is no! When I saw the title I thought that it would be a slide that is 70 stories altogether. That would seem way more exhilarating.

  • sarab1-col
    3/07/2016 - 06:48 p.m.

    The ride is "relatively brief" because the slide only goes from the 70th floor to the 69th floor. Lame.

  • davidca-col
    3/07/2016 - 06:51 p.m.

    The ride will be relatively brief because it starts at the 70th floor and ends at the 60th and is only 45 feet long. "It will span 45 feet from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower."

  • emilym2-pla
    3/07/2016 - 08:59 p.m.

    This article is all about a new entertainment for those seeking adventure in Los Angeles. From the top of the tallest building in L.A. to the bottom will be a glass Skyslide. This Skyslide starts 1,000 ft. above the ground and will open in June. An open-air observation deck and bar on the top floors of the tower is apart of the Skyslide renovation costing $50 million. This Skyslide project involves civic engagement by targeting the thrill seekers. It is open for anyone to try and by developing this different type of entertainment for the public it will attract a big crowd of people. Many people that live in Los Angeles or whom go there for a vacation would be attracted to this site seeing renovation. It targets a certain crowd of people, but welcomes in those that aren't thrill seekers.

  • reidt-bru
    3/08/2016 - 09:55 a.m.

    The ride will be "relatively brief" because of the speed that you will go. People aren't going to go slow on a slide that goes down 1,000 feet, due to the laws of physics. It also will depend on the angle of the slide on the way down because the larger the angle, the faster you will go, and from text evidence the pictures show a relatively large angle.

  • karih-pla
    3/08/2016 - 12:43 p.m.

    A 70 story glass water slide dubbed the "Skyslide" has been constructed on a building in downtown Los Angeles, which happens to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. This slide will open up to the pubic in June and tickets to ride are only $8. From the slide, the whole city is visible and you can even see Catalina Island 22 miles off the Pacific Coast.
    I think this new water slide will bring attraction to the downtown Los Angeles area rather than solely to the beaches. This is a great example of civic engagement because the community will prosper off sales of water slide tickets. The slide will bring tourists from across the country to ride, as nothing like this has been done before in the U.S.

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    3/09/2016 - 11:55 a.m.

    The ride will be brief because the ride itself isn't 70 stories long, it is just up 70 stories high.

  • ritav-hol
    3/09/2016 - 04:16 p.m.

    Creatively can lead to a million things and this very creative.

  • holdeno-3-bar
    3/09/2016 - 04:57 p.m.

    The ride will be relatively brief because the slide is short, but still spanning a gap 1,000 feet above the ground. When talking about the slide, the author said that it will be "sending urban adventurers down a relatively brief ride 1,000 feet above the ground [...] will span 45 feet" (par. 2) 45 feet is a short distance. However, it will seem a lot farther since it is on the seventieth floor of a building. Thus, it earns the description of "relatively brief".
    I enjoyed this article because the concept of a sky slide seems very interesting. However, I would not ride it.

  • zhenyae-pit
    3/10/2016 - 11:18 a.m.

    The ride will be relatively brief because even though it is a 1,000 foot slide, they will go relatively fast down the slide because the slide is steep. "Sending urban adventurers down the relatively brief ride 1,000 feet above the ground." The slide is also very cheap costing $8 compared to going on Skyspace which is $25. People are already buying tickets to the Skyslide. "Building is already receiving hundreds of calls from people who want to slide. I think that the Skyslide will be a huge hit, everybody will want to go on it.

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