Reporter Takes Terrifying Ride on Glass Slide 1,000 Feet Above the Ground in LA
Lifestyle| | By Brian Delpozo
An AP reporter recently took the ride of a lifetime on a new Los Angeles attraction.
The Skyslide is a glass tube at the top of the U.S. Bank Tower, 1,000 feet above the ground. The slide spans 45 feet and runs between the 70th and 69th floor of the building.
AP reporter Amanda Meyers documented her ride on the slide during a press event using a GoPro camera.
“My heart thumped as I approached the top of the slide. I could see the streets below me and the infinite city straight ahead. As I hooked each foot into a little mat that helps riders pick up speed and avoid skidding on the glass, I felt my hands trembling. And when I scooched slowly toward the point of no return, I thought strongly about turning around. I forged on, unable to contain a terrified squeal as I flew down. “Oh my God, Richard!” I yelled to my friend, an AP photographer at the bottom of the slide. All I wanted was to see him again. I shot out of the bottom and am proud to say I stuck the landing. Others have tumbled nearly head over heels. Was it one of the scariest things I’ve ever done? Absolutely. Would I do it again? I just did.”
Meyers will have her chance later this month when the slide, part of a $50 million renovation to the building, opens to the public. Tickets will cost $25 to access the observation deck, and an additional $8 to ride.