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April 26, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Stratosphere Tower, reaching an impressive 1,149 feet above the world famous Las Vegas Strip, made history today by welcoming its 40 millionth visitor.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower vice president & general manager Paul Hobson surprises James Kennedy of Birmingham, England as the 40 millionth visitor to Stratosphere Tower.Just after 10:30 a.m. this morning, April 21, 2014, James Kennedy of Birmingham, England was surprised by Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower vice president & general manager Paul Hobson at the entrance of Stratosphere Tower with balloons, an entourage of Stratosphere team members and cameras.

After informing Kennedy of the major milestone, Hobson presented Kennedy with a Stay & Play Getaway valued at $2,500.

“I am shocked,” said Kennedy. This is Kennedy’s first trip to Las Vegas, and his first visit to Stratosphere.

“It is fitting that our official 40 millionth visitor traveled across the ocean to experience the spectacular views from our iconic Tower,” said Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower vice president & general manager Paul Hobson. “Stratosphere Tower is one of the ‘must see’ attractions in Las Vegas. Stratosphere Tower defines our city’s skyline.”

As the 40 millionth visitor to Stratosphere Tower, Kennedy received:

  • Two night stay in a Stratosphere Suite for two guests
  • Dinner for two at the award-winning revolving Top of the World Restaurant on Level 106
  • Two tickets to see Frankie Moreno Live at Stratosphere or PIN UP™ starring PLAYBOY’s 2011 Playmate of the Year® Claire Sinclair
  • Champagne bottle service in the recently renovated Level 107 Lounge
  • $1,149 in free slot play
  • Limousine service (to/from McCarran airport or local address to Stratosphere)


Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower opened in April of 1996 providing visitors with a panoramic view from the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country. The Tower is the tallest structure in Las Vegas, the tallest building West of the Mississippi River and the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country offering an indoor and outdoor experience.

While many Tower visitors are drawn by the breathtaking views of the Las Vegas valley, others seek out the adrenaline rush. The Tower is home to an unequaled variety of thrilling rides, including Big Shot (Level 112), Insanity and X-Scream (Level 109). SkyJump Las Vegas (Level 108) is the Guinness World Record holder for highest commercial decelerator descent.

Stratosphere Tower also offers a number of dining options including the award-winning Top of the World Restaurant, Las Vegas’ only continuously rotating restaurant offering 360-degree panoramic views of the Las Vegas Valley and visionary cuisine. Top of the World is recognized by critics and diners as one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, and is frequently voted Best Place to View the City in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards. The rotating restaurant has also been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 17 years in a row, every year from 1996 to present.

Stratosphere Tower is open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets for are $18, plus tax. Discounts apply for Nevada locals.

For more information regarding ticket prices or entry to the Tower please call 800.99.TOWER or visit

Stratosphere Tower Fast Facts:

Opened April 30, 1996
Stands at 1,149 feet
Weighs approximately 100 million pounds
Cost approximately $80 million dollars to build
The diameter of the base of the Tower is 210 feet
The diameter of the pod of the Tower is 160 feet
Four double deck elevators travel 1,800 feet per minute at 20.5 miles per hour
Indoor observation deck on Level 108 is climate controlled with floor-to-ceiling windows
Outdoor observation deck is on Level 109
Chapel in the Clouds (844 feet above the Strip) holds more than 1,200 weddings a year

Stratosphere Tower is taller than:

Seattle Space Needle (605 feet)
Statue of Liberty (305 feet)
London Eye (443 feet)
Eiffel Tower Las Vegas (540 feet)
St. Louis Arch (630 feet)
Hoover Dam (726 feet)
Golden Gate Bridge (746 feet)
Eiffel Tower Paris (1,063 feet)

YouTube video of the surprise here:

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