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LAS VEGAS -- US Thrill Rides LLC Incorporated has submitted plans to the FAA to create a 650-foot roller coaster near the Tropicana Hotel.

The Florida based company is remaining tight lipped on any of the details about the plan, but here's an idea of how big the attraction could be.

The Stratosphere Hotel would still be the tallest in the valley at more than 1,100 feet, but the Polercoaster would be bigger than most hotels on the strip and interest in the project is already growing.

"It's a great fit for Las Vegas, where else?" Tacoma, Wash. tourist Ronald Smith said. "Nothing but Las Vegas, this is where everybody comes."

David Schwartz is the Director of Gaming Research at UNLV and said Las Vegas has been down this road before with big projects that never opened. The Fontainebleau project has been dormant and rusting for years. Echelon's concrete skeleton was just sold after the economy bottomed out.

The Polercoaster would need approval so its height doesn't interfere with airplane flight patterns at McCarran Airport.

"Clearly this has a couple of hurdles to jump through before it happens," Schwartz said.

This type of project if built would bring international tourists to Vegas, who typically stay longer and spend more. The Polercoaster could be the jackpot Las Vegas needs Schwartz added.

"If you look at other stuff in Las Vegas that has worked, the zip lines, that seems like the same kind of adrenaline junkie that this would appeal to" Schwartz said.

There's no word yet on when the new project could get started or how many jobs it could create.

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