CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.
A 'so cool, so fun' northeast Ohio attraction is making the move from Cleveland to Canton.
On Thursday, officials announced that the iconic ferris wheel located at the I-X Center in Cleveland will find its new home at the Play-Action Plaza located at the Hall of Fame Village in Canton.
The 125-foot-tall Ferris wheel equipped with 20 gondolas, will join a number of new and exciting attractions at the Play-Action Plaza .
"The Ferris Wheel, standing several stories high, gives riders a “sky view” of the Village and surrounding area and will be called the Red Zone, while the zipline will be known as The Forward Pass and will feature football-shaped attachments on each seat," said a press release for the 3.5 acre entertainment space.
In January it was announced that the ferris wheel will no longer reside inside the mammoth building next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. I-X Center management said the wheel does not fit into the new event space footprint.
The I-X Center was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, closing its doors at the end of 2020.
In September of 2021, Industrial Realty Group announced that it had purchased the stock of I-X Center Corporation, “which operates Cleveland’s 2.2 million square foot facility.” Developers immediately began to prepare the Main Hall to bring back trade show events, including the Auto Show, I-X Christmas Connection and the Home and Garden Show, among others. The company said their team is also working toward a “comprehensive redevelopment plan” to expand the development on the land surrounding the I-X Center.
Construction at the I-X Center to dismantle the Ferris wheel will begin in mid-May and is expected to be operating in Canton late summer 2022.
Fans can follow the ferris wheel's move from Cleveland to Canton via social media: @ixcentercle.
The ferris wheel was installed at the I-X Center in 1992 during the Cleveland Auto Show.
*Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.