This colossal over-expenditure of money is turning into a colossal over-expenditure of fun!
Take note, people who run the Statue of Liberty. (via Gizmodo)
The Olympics get a lot of criticism for their business practices. The city that's hosting always spends a buttload of taxpayer dollars on a bunch of expensive stadiums, and when the activities are over, no one knows what to do with them. Some are successfully repurposed into other sporting venues, like Turner Field or the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. some are repurposed into entirely new venues, such a the Montreal Biodome or Beijing National Aquatics Center. Some, well, are entirely abandoned and end up looking like remnants of some creepy dystopian civilization. None of these options are as exciting London's plans for repurposing The ArcelorMittal Orbit, however.
They're turning it into a giant slide.
We'll go to the museum later, honey; your father wants to ride the slide. (via Gizmodo)
The 376-foot sculpture, built to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics, will now house a 180-meter long slide. It will loop the tower five times until slowing riders down on a 50-meter deceleration stretch. Each ride will cost 5 pounds (around 8 bucks), and it's scheduled to open next spring.
The head of visitor relations at the park had the following to say:
“What more exciting way to descend the ArcelorMittal Orbit than on the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide? We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and as with all our venues, we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we lead the way with the latest visitor experience. This slide really will give a different perspective of Britain's tallest sculpture."
I remember getting stuck on a water slide when I was 12 at Water Country USA. I pray that fate doesn't befall any future riders.