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By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 15th June 2004 11:30am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Fremont Street Experience unveiled the world's largest LED display Monday night, with city officials hoping the light canopy will lure more people to the struggling downtown area. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and city officials believe the $17 million investment will breathe new life into the downtown attraction built in 1996 for $70 million.

The display's 2 million bulbs were changed to light emitting diode lamps, which Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman called "the difference between an old TV and a plasma (TV)." The new technology should provide a sharper image and cut electric costs by 60 or 70 percent, said Joe Schillaci, president of the Fremont Street Experience.

The visitors authority put up $7 million, and Schillaci said 10 downtown casinos operating the public-private pedestrian promenade contributed about $7.8 million.



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