Circus Maximus

It'll be taller than the Mirage's volcano and have a better view than the high rollers' suites at Caesars Palace. But the Stratosphere Tower of Bob Stupak's Vegas World casino could also be tackier than anything else in town. The $100 million, 1,012-foot needle will feature an indoor African lion park, four wedding chapels, a revolving restaurant, a glass-bottomed observation deck and a rocketlike thrill ride. A "symbol of Las Vegas itself," says Mayor Ron Lurie.