ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the legendary "Flying Wallendas" circus family, is scheduled to kick off the Spring Break season with two death-defying stunts at Tropicana Casino & Resort on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Wallenda, a "Daredevil for the 21st century" will perform a high wire walk across Fiesta Plaza in The Quarter at 11 a.m. He will then perform on the "Wheel of Death," at 4 p.m., from atop the 23rd story of Tropicana's South Tower.
The "Wheel of Death" is large rotating apparatus on which highly-skilled performers execute acrobatic feats. It is essentially a 50 foot steel frame with an 8 foot wheel at one end. Wallenda will perform stunts both on the inside and outside of the wheel as the entire 50 foot apparatus rotates.
Wallenda's April 29 stunt at Tropicana will be the first time a "Wheel of Death" stunt has ever been performed from off the side of a building. In addition, the "Wheel of Death" has never been performed at this height, also a world record.
"This is an amazing opportunity for people to witness two phenomenal stunts in one day by a completely unique and thrilling artist," said Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO, Tropicana Casino and Resort. "All eyes will be on this legendary performer, the Tropicana Casino and Atlantic City during these exhilarating feats," he added.
"For years, I have wanted to perform on the 'Wheel of Death' from atop an amazing building in an iconic location," commented Nik Wallenda. "The chance to do this at the Tropicana in Atlantic City is a huge dream come true for both the challenge and the beauty of the location," Wallenda added.
The stunt will be filmed by Relativity Real Productions for a new television documentary series that will premiere in summer of 2011. Both stunts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tropicana.net.
Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring more than 2,100 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City.
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. is a publicly reporting company that, along with its affiliates, owns or operates nine casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey. The Company owns approximately 6,000 rooms, 9,000 slot positions and 250 table games. In addition, the Company owns a development property in Aruba. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.