A 45-foot glass slide was airlifted into place Saturday near the top of downtown's U.S. Bank Tower, where it will soon take visitors on a one-of-a-kind thrill ride 70 stories above the ground.
Overseas Union Enterprises Limited, the owner of U.S. Bank Tower, announced the arrival. The new attraction will offer riders a chance to slide down 45 feet from the 70th story to the 69th story of L.A.'s tallest building. The slide is made entirely of clear glass, 1 1/4-inch thick.
When riders finish the slide, they will emerge onto an open-air, 360- degree observation deck on the 69th floor.
"The Skyslide boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world,'' said OUE's Lucy Rumantir. "Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to transform their view of Los Angeles as they glide down, gazing at unparalleled views of the city.''
The new attractions opens on June 25. Tickets are being sold now for the slide and the observation deck at www.skyspace-la.com/tickets. It will cost $8 to ride the slide, in addition to the $25 admission fee to the observation deck. The tickets are sold for timed intervals.
The 1,018-foot-tall U.S. Bank Tower will lose its title as the tallest building on the West Coast when the nearby Wilshire Grand Tower is completed in 2017. That 73-story building, developed by Korean Air, will be 1,100 feet high.