Nik Wallenda, flanked by State Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman John Ceretto, and aspiring wire walker 11-year-old Vincenzo Bianco, says he would prefer to build a family attraction on the U.S. side of the Falls.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda is back in the City of Niagara Falls for the first time since his high-wire stunt over the Horseshoe Falls two months ago.
The purpose of the visit is to scout out possible locations for a family entertainment center. While the attraction could end up on either side of the river, Wallenda says his heart is on the U.S. side.
High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has raised the money he was seeking to help cover last month's successful walk over Niagara Falls.
Wallenda had issue his financial request on the fundraising Website indiegogo.com. A check of Wallenda's request page indicates that he raisers $50,421 by the end of the June 30 deadline he set for himself. The amount raised surpasses his $50,000 goal.
The daredevil wire walk of Nik Wallenda is set to begin at about 10:12 p.m. Friday.
WBFO & AM-970 has a team already in place at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York. Reporters Chris Caya and Daniel Robison arrived Friday morning to be in place for the night's walk. WNED-TV's Eileen Elibol is also on site taking photos for WBFO & AM-970.
We will provide live, on-air coverage Friday night starting at 10 p.m. on 88.7 FM & AM 970.
It may be an unattractive truth, but the chance of injury, or even death, draws interest in events like Nik Wallenda's walk across Niagara Falls.
That's according to Professor David Schmid of the University at Buffalo, who told WBFO and AM970's Jim Ranney that he was disappointed, like many others, that Wallenda agreed to wear a safety harness during the Friday night walk.
Nonetheless, Schmid says he'll be watching like millions of others.
Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That's expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.