Viewing platform 100 floors above Manhattan revealed through short film by Port Authority
Today the media got an insider’s tour of the new observation deck at One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. On hand were David Checketts, Chairman of and CEO of Legends Hospitality, which won the license to operate the deck along with officials of the Port Authority New York and New Jersey and the Durst Organization.
The three-level observatory, to be known as One World Observatory, will open for business in 2015. It is expected to become the top tourist site in the tri-state region and forecast to bring in $875m over the course of its 15 year lease. Visitors to the deck will be whisked skyward in a 60 second elevator trip to the 100-102 floors that will surround them in a virtual experience of being outside the building.
On arrival to the 100th floor, they will be treated to a theatre presentation called ‘See Forever’ where they will learn about the history of the building. The observation deck will also include fine dining and a gift shop. But the main attraction is the 360 degree panoramic view of the city and beyond, a view that has not been available in New York since the Twin Towers fell.
Port Authority Director, Patrick Foye would not disclose the admission price but he did say it will be on par with other major attractions in and around the city.
Legends Hospitality is owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys sports franchises. Speaking on behalf of the organisation Dave Checketts said: “We intend to bring the same passion for performance (that we bring to our sports teams) to yet another iconic property and believe we have developed an experience second to none that appropriately befits all that One World Trade Center stands for.”
At 1,776ft tall, One World Trade will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.