by Michael J. Shapiro | June 25, 2014
PHL Local Gaming, one of five bidders vying for Philadelphia's available category-2 casino gaming license, has added a Space Needle-like tower to the design of its proposed casino. The 615-foot-tall Casino Revolution Skyspire, which would be a featured attraction in the adjacent LoSo Entertainment Center, would have gondolas that seat at least 10 people each and a rooftop restaurant and observation deck. PHL Local Gaming has begun discussions with the owners of U.S. Thrill Rides, designers of the Skyspire prototype, to design and develop the project if PHL's bid is accepted. The design would be influenced by Seattle's Space Needle, which attracts approximately 1 million visitors a year; because of that, PHL Local's officers believe their proposed site could become Philadelphia's most visited attraction, according to a press release, and help the company to meet its revenue goals. Pennsylvania's Gaming Control Board intends to award the casino license shortly, but due to likely appeals by the losing applicants, it could be another two to three years before a new casino actually opens.