NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Nik Wallenda will walk across the mighty Niagara on June 15th. The daredevil made it official Wednesday in the Falls, which hopes to benefit from his daring feat.
By May 10th, all of the cars in the Seneca Niagara Casino parking lot will have to be moved out because two cranes and a tightrope will be put into place to give Wallenda a spot practice for his coming walk.
"When I was signing those agreements with them, I actually started to tear up a little bit, because again this is the next step in making this a reality and a huge event," said Wallenda.
Niagara Falls businesses are hurrying to prepare for the tourists ready to see Wallenda walk 1,800 feet across the Horseshoe Falls.
Daredevil museum co-owner Mike DiFranco said, "Now that practice is going to be right across the street from us, so that should add more excitement to the building. You can see there's a few people in here now; excitement's building."
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It won't just be Wallenda's walk on June 15th that will draw in the crowds. From May 12th to the 22nd, Wallenda will be practicing on the same wire he'll use to cross the gap between the U.S. and Canada along 1,200 feet of the Seneca Niagara Casino parking lot.
Casino Sr. Vice President Jim Wise said, "While he won't be walking the distance of the falls walk while he trains at Seneca Niagara, he is going to replicate kind of the angle down and the angle back up that he feels is important to get himself ready [for]."
The public is invited to watch for free when Wallenda practices from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
"It's exciting to me. It's a huge blessing and I'm pursuing a dream. It's all coming to a reality," beamed Wallenda.
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