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)
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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)
  • trevora-pit
    3/10/2016 - 11:20 a.m.

    I think that it will go fast because if they want to attract thrill seekers they would have made it fast. It would also go fast because it is "1000 feet above the ground." It would also seem fast because you would have only a short amount of time to look at the spectacular view so it might seem short. If you are scared of heights it might seem short also because then you would be afraid and usually if you are afraid it will seem shorter.

    • zhenyae-pit
      3/10/2016 - 11:32 a.m.

      I agree Trevor but I think that if you are afraid it will seem longer, because time flies by when you are having fun. I also think that this ride will help people with their fear of heights. "A wild slide through the sky might drive more thrill-seekers downtown," I think that the Skyslide will be a great success, causing someone else to make a giant attraction.

  • paigem1-pit
    3/10/2016 - 11:35 a.m.

    I think the ride will be "relatively brief" because that is pretty expensive to build something such as that! The ride is 45 feet long, and 45 feet of glass has got to be kind of expensive, but then they must have 4 sides to the slide.
    Also, the slide will be brief because it's good for business! If the slide is long, you won't have to ride it too many times before you get bored. But, by shortening the length, they can insure that some guests will buy multiple tickets, to ride multiple times. Especially if this is the only slide of its kind.
    ""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."

  • kirans-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:42 a.m.

    The slide seems like a great thing for LA because it will open up another side to the city other than the shopping and the casinos. The ride would probably be short because when you're going straight down you're going to be traveling very fast.

  • austinu-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    I think this is amazing and a great way to renovate that building. Lots of buildings have these kinds of things and I think it will be a great way to get people Downtown.

  • shaer-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:50 a.m.

    This ride seems like it would be a quick, but thrilling ride for many people to enjoy. This ride would be relatively brief because it is at a pretty decently angled path, heading down only 45 feet of glass. I cannot believe that people would be able to have the guts to do this, especially if you're afraid of heights. I definitely wouldn't!

  • laurah-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:50 a.m.

    The ride will be brief because it is 1000 ft tall and your speed will be a factor as well. It's the thrill that will attract people, and going fast will definitely help. I believe that this slide will be very successful and draw a lot of attention to California.

  • julient-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    I only wish I lived in Los Angeles because my parents aren't going to take me there just to go down a slide. They also, wouldn't want me to go on the slide because the glass is only an inch and a quarter separating me from the air!

  • bennettv-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:53 a.m.

    I love thrills, doing crazy things that have a high chance of death, and amazing architecture feats. I have been on the Sky box at the Willis Tower, on the Tilt 360 on the John Hancock Center, and to the top of the World's tallest building. I love heights and being scared out of my mind. This would definitely appeal to me.

  • kaylab-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:53 a.m.

    This article is very interesting and the ride seems very thrilling. This made me realize that I obviously have to go to L.A. so I can be scared to death and go down the slide to enjoy the view and the adrenaline going down.

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