Officials have once again pushed back the opening date for a massive retail and entertainment center in the Meadowlands.
The long-delayed American Dream project was slated for a late summer opening. But officials said Monday that it will now open this fall.
American Dream will feature 3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment, including more than 450 stores and restaurants. The project includes an amusement park, an indoor ski slope, an indoor ice skating rink, an indoor water park and more.
The project has been plagued by financial problems since the first contract was awarded in 2003.
The immense structure, once called "the ugliest damn building in New Jersey" by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie, has sat unfinished between MetLife Stadium and the New Jersey Turnpike for years.
It really is looking pretty amazing. I know it's a bit of a joke with the constant delays and all, but I'm still hoping it turns out to have been worth the wait. Very much looking forward to checking it out...whenever it actually opens. A big indoor waterpark in reasonable driving distance for me will make winters a whole lot more bearable!
The American Dream mega-mall is finally set to open this fall.
The East Rutherford, N.J. mega-mall, which includes the Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and DreamWorks Water Park, will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 25, launching 16 acres of a fully enclosed family amusement park as well as one of North America's first indoor snow sports centers.
"We know that the community has been eagerly awaiting the launch of this incredible global destination," said Don Ghermezian, president of American Dream in a statement. "We have a one‐of‐a‐kind property that will reshape the way people think about entertainment, theme parks and shopping."
The project has taken years to build since it was first proposed in 2003, as the developers have faced a number of challenges over the years, from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers to stalled construction.
The mall, which totals approximately 3 million-square feet, will house hundreds of retail, dining, entertainment experiences, with over 20 full-service restaurants, an observation wheel, a performing arts center, and a Legoland Discovery Center and Sea LifeAquarium, among others.
Big Snow Ski and Snowboard Park, the indoor sports center will feature an NHL-size skating and hockey facility, along with an Angry Birds 18-hole miniature golf experience.
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