It's about as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge.
In other words, the height of The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.01 times 982 spans.(San Francisco, California and Marin County, California) (height above water)
The height of each tower of Golden Gate Bridge is 993 spans above the surface of the San Francisco Bay. One of the key designers of the bridge, Charles Ellis, had no engineering degree when he began working on the project, but would later go on to write what became a standard textbook on structural engineering, and would ultimately be forced to complete his calculations on the bridge by working without pay for five months.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as tall as The Space Needle.
In other words, 982 spans is 1.220 times the height of The Space Needle, and the height of The Space Needle is 0.820 times that amount.(Seattle, Washington) (to aircraft warning beacon at peak)
Built for a 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 805 spans tall. With a track-and-wheel design inspired by railroad mechanics and a precisely-configured balance, the restaurant near the top of the space needle requires just a 1.5 hp motor to rotate at speeds of about 0.053 kph (0.033 mph).
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as tall as St. Paul's Cathedral.
In other words, 982 spans is 1.290 times the height of St. Paul's Cathedral, and the height of St. Paul's Cathedral is 0.7750 times that amount.(London, England, United Kingdom)
St. Paul's Cathedral measures 761 spans to its peak. The southwest tower of the Cathedral contains the bell known as "Great Paul," which is the largest bell in Great Britain at 15,000 kg (16.5 tons), outweighing the more iconic Big Ben bell by about 3,000 kg (3 tons).
It's about three-fourths as long as The QE2.
In other words, 982 spans is 0.7640 times the length of The QE2, and the length of The QE2 is 1.310 times that amount.(a.k.a. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2) The QE2 has a total length of 1,290 spans. During its voyaging lifetime from 1969 through 2008, it travelled more than 42,000,000,000 spans, the furthest cumulative distance by any ship in modern history.
It's about one-and-one-third times as tall as The Washington Monument.
In other words, 982 spans is 1.3260 times the height of The Washington Monument, and the height of The Washington Monument is 0.754150 times that amount.(Washington, D.C.)
The Washington Monument measures 740.550 spans tall, with some discrepancy due to the fact that the Monument's base is slightly below the surrounding ground. Interrupted in its construction by the American Civil War, it was almost 36 years between groundbreaking and the completion of construction.
It's about one-and-one-third times as tall as The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel).
In other words, the height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel) is 0.7350 times 982 spans.(a.k.a. 新加坡摩天观景轮, a.k.a. சிங்கப்பூர் ஃப்ளையர், a.k.a. Pelayang Singapura) (Marina Centre, Singapore)
The Singapore Flyer has a height of 722 spans. Based on recommendations from Feng Shui masters, the wheel was re-engineered to spin in the opposite direction five months after it began operating.
It's about one-and-two-fifths times as long as The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach.
In other words, 982 spans is 1.390 times the length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach, and the length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach is 0.7190 times that amount.(fully Pebble Beach Golf Links) (Pebble Beach; Monterey, California) (from Blue Tee)
The seventeenth hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links is a par 3 measuring 709 spans from the blue tee. This hole was the site of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus' 1972 U.S. Open win, which included a 1-iron shot that bounced off the hole's flag and resulted in a birdie.