Hard-Hat Tour of Newest Strip Attraction - 8 News NOW

Hard-Hat Tour of Newest Strip Attraction

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LAS VEGAS -- It has been six years in the making but The Linq is slowly taking shape as the newest attraction to hit the Las Vegas Strip.

8 News NOW toured the construction site for the $550 million entertainment and shopping complex Tuesday.

By this time next year, project managers with Caesars Entertainment say they are confident The Linq will be fully up and running.

When tourists walk through the area between The Quad and the Flamingo, they will be able to eat, shop, play and take a ride on what will be the highest observation wheel in the world.

The final months of construction to turn what used to be a lonely service alleyway between two Strip hotels into a multi-million dollar outdoor entertainment complex are underway.

"All of the early pains of making that happen is past us now. We are seeing the fruit of our labor," executive project director for The Linq David Codiga said.

During the hard-hat construction tour, executives showed off all the work being done on the ground of the complex, beyond what visitors can see from the street.

These empty store fronts, according to project managers, will transform into restaurants, retail stores, a bowling alley and a rock 'n' roll nightclub.

"I think for families this is great," Kathi Strasser, who is visiting from Maryland, said.

Strasser is not a gambler, but she is excited for the new shops and restaurants. Her 21-year-old daughter, Hannah, is visiting Las Vegas for the first time. She says she will come back for the High Roller, which is what the 550-foot observation wheel is being called.

"I think it would be beautiful to see Vegas all in one spot. It is a great idea," Hannah Strasser said.

The High Roller is the centerpiece of the complex. Construction for that piece of the attraction is set to be complete by December, and once testing and adjustments are done, it should be open for business by April 2014.

"You see the last 20 yards of the race and you keep going to the end," Codiga said.

The entrance to The Linq will be the first area to open this December. It will be a giant vortex structure above The Quad, featuring light and sound entertainment high above the new bars and restaurants.

Already built and ready to go is the 130-foot pylon sign with the name The Linq right there on the Strip. The rest of the businesses will slowly open in phases starting in February of next year.

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