PHILADELPHIA—The city of Philadelphia couldhave a 615-foot tall amusement tower called"Skyspire" as part of its skyline.

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PHL Local Gaming, one of five bidders for theremaining casino gaming license in the city of Philadelphia, hasannounced that it has stated discussions with the principal ownersof U.S. Thrill Rides of Orlando, FL to bring thatcompany's Skyspire to the firm's casino-related, LoSoEntertainment Center.

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The proposed 615-foot-tall amusement tower, which would featuregondolas and seat upwards of 10 persons, along with a rooftoprestaurant and observation deck, would be co-developed with theproposed Casino Revolution gaming facility if PHL secures thegaming license.

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The proposed Casino Revolution Skyspire would be designed tolook very much like the Space Needle in Seattle, WA, but would bebuilt 10 feet taller.

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According to Joseph Canfora, president, PHLLocal Gaming, the proposed Skyspire addition will consistentlygenerate sufficient visitor traffic, even in a highly competitivecasino gaming environment, to ensure that the casino's revenuegoals are achieved on an ongoing basis.

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PHL Local Gaming, LLC is looking to secure approval for its$428-million Casino Revolution that would feature a 250-room hoteland gaming facility.

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Commenting on the proposed agreement with PHL Local Gaming,Michael Kitchen, president of U.S. Thrill Rides,says, "We're very excited about the possibility of bringing ourSkyspire attraction to Philadelphia. In addition to being aworld-caliber amusement attraction and a stunning piece ofarchitecture, the Skyspire also constitutes a 'wow factor withclass' that appeals to the very young, to seniors and all otheradult demographics. Sited together with Casino Revolution and itsfamily-friendly LoSo concept, we believe it can be a unique,blockbuster attraction for Philadelphia."

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.