Niagara Falls (WKBW) Fresh off his walk across the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Nik Wallenda is back here in Western New York, prepping to begin practicing at the Seneca Niagara Casino for his historic walk across Niagara Falls.
Crews were hard at work all day Thursday, setting up the practice wire for Wallenda's daredevil stunt. Wallenda himself was even on scene, checking over everything, and even hopping up on the coiled up wire.
"It's about building confidence in me so I know when I get out there that I've experienced that before, and I've felt that before, and I'm prepared for it," Wallenda said.
On Wednesday, Wallenda walked a wire across Baltimore's Inner Harbor, but just a few feet from the end, he slipped and nearly fell. The wire-walker recovered and finished the walk.
"I just have to focus even more so. And that's why I'm training here at the Seneca for the next two weeks. So I can be completely confident on that cable as I cross the Falls" Wallenda said.
Practices begin on Saturday and run for two weeks in front of the casino, part of Wallenda's promotion of the region beyond just the walk itself.
"That's the idea. The idea was to do something that is great for this region and for this area. And ten days of training, two weeks with the rigging up and down should attract quite a few people," Wallenda added.
Practices run daily from 10:30am-12pm and again from 3:30pm-5pm. All are free and open to the public.