The observation deck atop the skyscraper, dubbed "Top of the Rock", reopened to the public on November 1, 2005, after undergoing a $75 million renovation. It had been closed since 1986 to accommodate the renovation of the Rainbow Room (although this has also recently closed due to economic difficulties). The deck, which is built to resemble the deck of an ocean liner, offers sightseers a bird's eye view of the city, competing with the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building. It is often considered the best panoramic city view, if only because it offers a view of the aforementioned Empire State Building, which cannot be seen from its own observation deck. The timed entry system and larger observation deck also results in shorter waiting times compared to the Empire State.
The "Top of the Rock" had also been co-opted for NBC's Sunday
Night Football during the 2006–07 season, with the top player/MVP
in that night's game according to John Madden and Al Michaels
receiving the honor of being that night's "Rock Star" in the form
of a glass trophy display on the observation deck; this was a
replacement for the Horse Trailer Award formerly awarded on ABC's
Monday Night Football. The Horse Trailer honor was restored for the