ATLANTA - The grand opening for Atlanta’s new 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel was held Tuesday afternoon.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Tuesday.
The Ferris wheel sits across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. It has 42 gondolas that will hold up to six people. At night, the attraction will also feature a light show.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston was among the first to ride the Ferris wheel before it officially opened to the public, taking in views of downtown Atlanta.
General manager Michael Montgomery recently talked about safety.
“Every day there’s a three-hour safety and maintenance inspection. Every pin, every clip is touched and looked at to ensure that it’s in place and it won’t move until that’s done. If we get a late start on inspections because of bad weather, we will open later. We will not compromise that one bit,” Montgomery said.
SkyView Atlanta will cost $8.50 for children and $13.50 for adults for a 20-minute ride.