It's official! Wallenda walks June 15 0
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda made it official Wednesday morning: He will walk across Niagara Falls on June 15.
He made the announcement at a press conference overlooking the falls at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
As he was being introduced by New York government officials, Wallenda turned around and looked at the massive Niagara Gorge, which he'll cross on a five-centimetre wire next month.
"The walk should take 35-40 minutes, but if the wire feels solid and the weather is good, I might spend more time out there," Wallenda said Wednesday in front of a hoard of Canadian and U.S. reporters and television crews. As he spoke, curious tourists snapped pictures.
The June 15 date has long been rumoured for the historic walk - the first such crossing in more than a century - but Wallenda said he still had to fight back tears Tuesday night when the contract was finally officially signed with the Niagara Parks Commission and the New York State Parks.
The exact time the 550-metre walk will take place is still yet to be decided, and will depend on the ongoing discussions with a national U.S. television network, believed to be ABC.
"Late evening is what we're thinking, but we don't have a set time yet," he said. "That's part of the network negotiations."
Wallenda was supposed to make the date announcement in a live appearance on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday, but that plan was axed late Tuesday night.
"We were hoping to have that network partner signed, but a few things in the contract had to be adjusted," Wallenda said.
The purpose-built cable will be strung between two cranes set up at Table Rock in Canada and Terrapin Point on Goat Island in New York.
"We're not sure what direction it will go yet," Wallenda said. "That all will be determined by the weather."