‘Iconic’ Ferris Wheel Is Now Under Construction At Bayside Marketplace

Construction is now underway on an observation wheel at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.

Opening is scheduled before the Super Bowl in February 2020, and pieces of the wheel have been in storage in Miami for months now waiting to be installed.

Bayside representatives have previously said the wheel will be “iconic.”

The 176-foot tall wheel will be lit up with LEDs, but will be much shorter than the London Eye which is 443 feet.

It will also be much smaller than the proposed Skyrise tower next door, which is proposed to top off 1,049 feet above sea level (Skyrise site work has been underway for some time, but little progress is evident).

Skywheel will feature forty-two air-conditioned gondolas that seat eight passengers each, for a total of 336 passengers. Each gondola will be fully enclosed and climate controlled. The slow-moving observation wheel ride will last from 12 to 15 minutes. Tickets will be sold by app or kiosk.

Bayside Marketplace and Arizona-based Sky View of America are the operators of the new observation wheel.

 

The Ferris wheel site:

The Skyrise site:

(photos: ryan rc rea)

 

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Anonymous
11 months ago

A Youth Fair sized ferris wheel isn’t iconic.

Anonymous
11 months ago

yeah so silly

Anonymous
11 months ago

I love this perpetual tribute to the game of soccer. Skyrise is the leg & the Ferris wheel is the rolling ball. Truly iconic. 😐

Shawn Kouri
11 months ago

Oh this isn’t no youth fair sized Ferris wheel. A youth fair sized Ferris wheel is just a Ferris wheel. This one is completely different.

Anonymous
11 months ago

way to short

Anonymous
11 months ago

From 10pm-2am they should slow the rides down to last 30-45 minutes, put a bar in every pod, and make it open bar. Would be the best pregame in town with 7 of your family/fiends. Basically the Las Vegas High Roller

Anonymous
11 months ago

And from 2 to 4 am slow it even further, hand out pillows and lube

Anonymous
11 months ago

and a 12 inch dildo? what’s with the lube mama? you crazy

Anonymous
11 months ago

you won’t need the dildo… Just zip line across to skyrise to sit on the butt plug.

Anonymous
11 months ago

yes an open air.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Too not to

Anonymous
11 months ago

Would love to see the same activity for Skyrise.

Anonymous
11 months ago

They stopped work right before the Hurricane and haven’t restarted.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Almost like they just realized a tower in the middle of a bay vulnerable to hurricanes maybe wasn’t the best idea.

Anonymous
11 months ago

😀

Anonymous
11 months ago

Nahhh, Trump pissed off the Chinese.

Anonymous
11 months ago

As if the Chicoms were ever going to built anything, case in point, Capital at Brickell site.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The Chinese didn’t say they want to build that quacky designed Skyrise thing.. Berkowitz is relying on EB-5 money (mostly from the Chinese) to finance his dream.

Polo
11 months ago

Why they keep calling it “iconic”?

Anonymous
11 months ago

It’s what you say in real estate when it would be absurd to say “luxury”

Anonymous
11 months ago

luxury apartment homes — yours awaits you in the heart of the city with all the hustle and bustle.

Anonymous
11 months ago

marketing mary.

Anonymous
11 months ago

“Iconic” surly won’t be what it is. Its a toy compared to the EYE

Anonymous
11 months ago

they should have done something original. made it a square instead or something.

Anonymous
11 months ago

This is Miami. Nothing is first class. Everything is compromised. Bayfront park, the fountain, Museum park, the proposed re-do of Biscayne blvd, buses and trolleys, instead of trains, 1970s architecture, graffiti instead of real art, you get the picture.

iFlyMIA
11 months ago

More things to do I guess.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Iconic or Generic?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Turning Bayside into a carny midway. What a joke.

Anonymous
11 months ago

it isn’t one already?

Anonymous
11 months ago

turning it into one? LOL it isn’t already?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Ever seen it during Ultra? A full-blown circus!

Anonymous
11 months ago

is that a giant toe nail clipper next to it? WTF is that thang?

Anonymous
11 months ago

A giant paper money clip?

Anonymous
11 months ago

They need to reconstruct bayside all together is in ruins

Anonymous
11 months ago

It looks out of place being that small around those tall buildings. Notwithstanding, the views will be outstanding even at those heights, but it will end up being a kids/teenage thing. Who else would ride it when you can go 10 times the height to see views on Skyrise? Look at he photo and see the difference in heights. What Miami needs to be a game changer is Las Vegas sized casino – Venetian, Wynn for example in that area – Brightline tied to Ft.Lauderdale, WPB, Orlando, and the largest passenger cruise port- port of Miami.
MIA also connected to metro rail to that area.

Anonymous
11 months ago

this isn’t a done deal yet… they are still fighting with the commissioners on the air rights.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Bayside representatives have previously said the wheel will be “iconic.” #Previously ??? Iconic my LMAO

Anonymous
11 months ago

Yup every city has one of these now.

Anonymous
11 months ago

yep.. so exciting… yawnnnnnn…….

Anonymous
11 months ago

This I’m ok with.

Anonymous
11 months ago

This is a correct use of scare quotes.
Iconic – highly original, influential, or unique, works of art, architecture, etc.

Anonymous
11 months ago

smarty pants

Anonymous
11 months ago

So it’s not even half the size of the one in Orlando? This really is a carnival ride.

Show me the money
11 months ago

Isn’t Commissioner and Bayfront Park Trust Chair Joe Carollo demanding more details on the contract from the novice City officials? Carollo aledged the City was getting a horrible deal for this taxpayer owned waterfront site.

Anonymous
11 months ago

yes! It’s not a done deal yet.

marc
11 months ago

“pieces of the wheel have been in storage in Miami for months now” but it was approved a few weeks ago. Typical Miami

Anonymous
11 months ago

By the time it is 90% up they will discover one piece is missing.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I am all for this wheel but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, having been to the one in London and Vegas I find it very underwhelming and too small to be called Iconic. On the other hand making it as big as the two cities mentioned above might make it kind of dangerous when a Hurricane comes our way, and make no mistake that will happen sooner rather than later. Having said all this I will be first in line when it opens 🙂

Anonymous
11 months ago

Gee, and to think, they leave tall cranes in place during a hurricane. I guess you better tell these construction companies the folly of their decisions.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Given cranes can fall over in heavy wind even when there isn’t a hurricane it’s maybe possible they’re not engaged in best practices…

Anonymous
11 months ago

Obviously you are not from here. If you were you would know that 2 cranes fell back in ’17 in South Florida when we got hit by a hurricane. Now be a good kid, take your toys, and STFU.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Born and raised in Miami before you were swimming around in you daddy’s balls. The boom arms are what made the cranes collapse because even they have a wind speed tolerance. It’s up to the construction contractors to remove the booms well before the hurricane hit and they took that chance. The rest of the crane can withstand extremely high winds.

Now get back to drinking that cheap beer you love chugging down while playing with yourself and leave me tfa.

Anonymous
11 months ago

LOL, looks like someone got his crib rattled this morning. Both of you grow up!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Grow up? Who asked you to put your two cents in it?

Shutup and stay tfogfb.

Anonymous
11 months ago

It is a danger but remember those cranes where tied down.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I see this being torn down in roughly 2-4yrs.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’d rather SkyRise than this. Only gondalas with bar service could get me interested.

Anonymous
9 months ago

HOW CAN IT BE DONE IN FOUR MONTHS ?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Just went to Bayside last night and was expecting to see the wheel, or at least part of it. It turns out there doesn’t look like much progress at all from the photos in this article. I doubt they’ll be ready for it to be open for the Super Bowl. So sad!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Bayside is Miami’s Times Square…you need it, but you don’t have to go.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Need?

Anonymous
11 months ago

You need a place where all the tourists trash goes and leave you alone in other parts of the city…

Anonymous
11 months ago

HUH? omg have you ever been to Times Square? good lawd. you people. Next you’ll be comparing Flagler to the Champs Elysee

Anonymous
11 months ago

Forget it.. I’ve been to Paris twice.. most of these people have no clue as what the Champs Elysee is or where it’s at.

Shawn Kouri
11 months ago

I can’t wait for that Ferris wheel to be built. Families in Miami would never have to wait for the youth fair ever again. This would be there every day 365 days a year. You just have to get in the car and drive over to Bayside. There it is. This will be an iconic landmark and will make even more people want to come to Miami to visit or even move here. You know, there is already an iconic Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta Georgia. As far as that goes, Miami will catch up to Atlanta in terms of Ferris wheels in downtown in a major city.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Yeah, people will just bypass Orlando to get to Miami because of a Ferris Wheel.

Go back to sleep.

Sad Truth
10 months ago

I will just assume you work for the company building this thing. Shill.