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The jury’s still out on SkyView’s iconic potential, but the attraction—with its 42 climate-controlled, light-encircled gondolas—has served as the backdrop for scene-setting shots during national sports broadcasts and countless family photos.
After much hype (and a little delay) the 200-foot SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel now has an opening date: Tuesday, July 16. There will be a noon ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the first gondola’s circumnavigation, and SkyView spokesman Jason Evans says he expects a big crowd.
If you were hoping for a Ferris wheel and fireworks combo, you’re out of luck: SkyView Atlanta won’t open in time for Fourth of July.
It may not look like much now, but come July 2, this spot across the way from Centennial Olympic Park will house Atlanta’s 200-foot tall Ferris wheel. Step one: Create the waiting-to-board area. About 15,000 pounds of concrete will be poured here starting this evening. (We showed up at the media photo op time to find the actual concrete demo a little behind schedule.)
Don’t get me wrong. I love Atlanta. Love Downtown. Have unabashed boosterish tendencies. But when I heard that the Atlanta City Council voted this week to approve installation of a twenty-story Ferris wheel near Centennial Olympic Park, my reaction was simple: WTF?