Will Philadelphia Get Its Own Space Needle?

PHL Gaming announces potential addition of a Skyspire.

PHL Local Gaming — one of the five contenders for that ever elusive casino license in Philadelphia — has announced a potential new feature for its LoSo Entertainment Center: a 615-foot-tall Skyspire with rooftop restaurant and observation deck, both of which would be reached by gondola. The tower would be designed to look much like Seattle’s Space Needle, though it would be 10 feet taller (take that, Seattle!).

The Skyspire wouldn’t be unique to Philadelphia. It’s made by U.S. Thrill Rides, which creates rides and attractions for places like Six Flags and MGM Grand. Michael Kitchen, president of U.S. Thrill Rides, has this to say about the company’s Skyspire:

“In addition to being a world-caliber amusement attraction and a stunning piece of architecture, the Skyspire also constitutes a ‘wow factor with class’ that appeals to the very young, to seniors and all other adult demographics.”

Here are more images of the Skyspire:

The general product design of the Skyspire via U.S. Thrill Rides' website.

The general product design of the Skyspire via U.S. Thrill Rides’ website.

General product design of Skyspire via U.S. Thrills' website.

The general product design of Skyspire via U.S. Thrills’ website.

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  • I.M. Pei

    Where are they putting this fugly thing?

    • lunastrixae

      Next to the parking lot (of course), the sprawling Philly forest and roller coaster, apparently.

  • Enuf already

    Another ugly building to ruin the views. Would love to see Philadelphia make itself unique instead of trying to be like everyone else. Also a role model for how a city and state should be run instead of being know for corruption crime and filth. Instead of catering to the vote by handing out entitlements etc funded by OUR the taxpayers money. To our elected officials — how about it?

  • hahaha

    philly is third rate. accept it.

    • Coleen McCrea Katz

      How is this relevant?

  • Johnny Domino

    I’m more a monorail kind of guy.

  • Beepers47

    Philly is the up-and-coming. Everyone living here the last 5 years knows it. Deal with it, haters.

  • Coleen McCrea Katz

    At least it’s something unique instead of another monolith. If we are to get another casino, I would rather have something that is interesting.

  • http://sictransitphiladelphia.org/ Michael Noda

    In Vegas, it’s called the Stratosphere, and it’s terrible. Good for a high-quality, inexpensive hotel room with transit access, if that’s all you care about, but the “attractions” aren’t. Exactly the sort of thing we have no use for here.

    • Bippity Boppity

      It’s not for us, it’s for the tourists. No one who lives in Seattle goes to the Space Needle. No one who lives in Vegas goes to the Stratosphere. It’ll bring more money to Philly because it’s an attraction. I say bring it on! It’ll improve the skyline as well.

      • http://sictransitphiladelphia.org/ Michael Noda

        You’re assuming that people who *don’t* live in Vegas go to the Stratosphere. I’m sure the ones who are picking flight+hotel packages based on price alone wander up to the top of the needle once, but if anyone else is, I’ll eat my hat.

        You do realize that this is at least two miles south of anything in Philadelphia that can be termed “skyline”? Southern views from Center City and University City are already contending with gas flares and distillation columns and highway viaducts; is sticking a space needle at the foot of the Walt Whitman supposed to make that attractive by itself?

        • Philatonian

          The Space Needle is a good mile from downtown Seattle. It depends on how you look at the city as to whether it’s even in the skyline. The same would apply to Philadelphia. Mostly, it would be an attraction beacon for people from NJ heading to the Stadium District across the WW Bridge.

  • Veillantif

    Cool. All we’d have to do is move the airport and we’ll have a blast!

  • Antonio Fregoso

    Got Philly stealing our style what!?! Guess we doin something right in Seattle.

  • Bob Dobolino

    OH great we can be the next Niagara Falls.

  • DTurner

    Still think that Market 8 is the best option. The casino thing is definitely a bubble, why not end up with something that can actually be reused for something else?

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  • PhillySean

    I threw up in my mouth a little bit at “wow factor with class”.

    • Philatonian

      HA. Me too. Anyone who uses the word “class” doesn’t have it. I still think it’s pretty cool…for that neighborhood.

  • kclo3

    I’d rather have a unique architectural piece, not a Space Needle knockoff designed by an amusement park ride company. If anything, a potential tower should be located in Fairmount Park, at the location where the Centennial Tower was proposed.