Seattle's Great Wheel opens, though it's not quite done


SEATTLE - Seattle’s Great Wheel opened Friday, but there was one small catch: It’s not quite done.

The wheel is safe – many people, including a KIRO 7 crew, took rides in it Friday – but finishing touches were still a couple days away during the grand opening.

“We’ve had a lot of bad weather and that’s really slowed things down,” Great Wheel owner Hal Griffith said. “The brick and mortar doesn’t take water very well, so that’s probably the biggest delay.”

But the wheel itself is complete.

The Griffith family was the very first to climb aboard and ride after the ribbon was cut.

Meanwhile, Dustin Boehlke and Zerina Curevac of Seattle waited patiently in line as they had since 8 a.m. The couple was the first in line for tickets, which didn’t go on sale until 5 p.m.

“This is a big step for Seattle, just wanted to be there,” Boehlke said.

“It’s the Ferris wheel of Seattle, and it’s our city, so being the first ones on there – it’s nice,” Curevac said.

The Great Wheel owners said the view is particularly good at night, and they’re going to feel out what demand is like. The wheel might even stay open until about 1 a.m. on a regular basis.

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