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. There, they can careen down a clear glass slide. It will be 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. The ride promises to provide both a thrill and quite the view for anyone willing to open their eyes.
 
On a clear day, the 72-story tower provides panoramic views. They can 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. She is head of U.S. operations for the building owner. It is 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. She added that 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 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. For some reason, they seem eager to laugh in the face of acrophobia.  That is the name for a fear of heights.
 
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. They can 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. It added all-glass balconies, allowing people to actually step several feet off the ledge.
 
In Los Angeles, Skyslide is part of a $50 million renovation. It 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 (225)
  • kaylip-hol
    3/07/2016 - 03:29 p.m.

    I would love to ride the slide with my mom.

  • connerw-kut
    3/07/2016 - 03:31 p.m.

    Wow a slide that is on top of a skyscraper. I would never go on a slide that high. I would love to go see it. It sounds super cool.

  • thomasf-kut
    3/07/2016 - 05:43 p.m.

    I was very surprised how much amusments were in L,A especially this new skyslide, I also was amazed on how high up the slide was from the ground because if something happens they might get suverly hurt or probally die. If you ask me I probably would not go on it because that is way to high up.

  • marisola-Orv
    3/07/2016 - 05:49 p.m.

    It's so cool that you can be going on the slide it's also very scary but it is the best part and the balconies are so cool.

  • sams1-ver
    3/07/2016 - 06:41 p.m.

    I would not go down this.

  • blakes-kut
    3/07/2016 - 07:45 p.m.

    I think that the ride will be relatively brief because when you go down a slide compared to walking down a slide.You will get there quicker because gravity will pull you down.Where 70 stories tall but will go by fast if in a slide.If you where to make the slide take a long time you would end up having to go 700 feet.the makers of the slide probably wanted the riders to feel thrill.

  • josiec-1-bar
    3/07/2016 - 08:16 p.m.

    The ride will be relatively brief because, " It's 72 stories high." It will be relatively brief because the ride is so high it might cause frightened the passengers if they have acrophobia. It is probably better that they keep the ride short so the expected frightened passengers won't be scared for too long. My opinion is that this idea is very creative and I hope I get to go on it someday because it seems very interesting.

    • kyleyc-kut
      3/10/2016 - 07:44 a.m.

      well still, the passengers who WILL go on the slide will still have a brief ride because of gravity. Sliding down a tower is definitely faster than walking down stairs!

  • dariont-4-bar
    3/07/2016 - 09:20 p.m.

    I think that its very interesting that they built a walkway made of glass on a skyscraper because it would be really cool to look down at the ground from above and see how everything looks from that high. What I was surprised about was that how people would actually walk that high up.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/07/2016 - 09:40 p.m.

    The 70 story slide would be coming to LA which people would be having fun when the Skyslide would be coming to LA and get people to visiting the Skyslide that had been built in one of the U.S. bank buildings in downtown LA. The Skyslide would be getting people to be visiting the U.S. bank buildings in downtown LA that would be getting people to be having fun with the Skyslide on one of the bank buildings. People would be getting the Skyslide to be getting to downtown LA so that it would be able to gain popularity to people that would like to ride the Skyslide. People might have wanted to get people to be removed from their acrophobia so that people wouldn't be afraid of heights when people are riding the Skyslide in one of downtown LA's bank building.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why will the ride be "relatively brief?"
    Answer: Because the ride would be able to remove the acrophobia so that they wouldn't be afraid of heights when riding the Skyslide.

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