Observing Las Vegas

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(Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Construction workers have poured the foundation for a 500-foot observation wheel slated to open on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013.

The Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/w4yXye) reports that 130 concrete trucks stood nearby as construction workers set the foundation Thursday morning. The $200 million SkyVue observation wheel will stand across from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Developer Howard Bulloch said the attraction will include seven food-court options, five sit-down restaurants and a dozen stores ranging from clothing outfitters to electronics.

The towering wheel will feature 32 gondolas that each seat 24 people and a 50,000-square-foot LED sign will project images from its center.

Another observation wheel is planned farther north on the Strip, as part of a project linking several Caesars Entertainment Corp. casinos.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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