The New Jersey Star LedgerÂ has listed l the $3.8 billion â€˜American Dream | Meadowlandsâ„¢â€™ at lucky number 13 in its list of 13 things for New Jersey residents to look forward to in 2013.
The complex, once known as Xanadu and â€˜under construction,â€™ on and off, since the project broke ground in 2004 and now on to its third owners, has been 80% complete for nearly five years and includes the North American continentâ€™s first indoor snow centre.
This was built in 2008 and has seen snow made within it, and has subsequently been damaged by natural snowfall, but has never opened to the skiing and boarding public.
â€œ(Will it…) finally be completed this year? The head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority says heâ€™s optimistic the building the governor once described as the ugliest in America will open by the end of the year, just in time for Super Bowl week in February of 2014. But first it has to shed a nuisance suit by the Giants and Jets, who want the sprawling mall shuttered on game days,â€ said the New Jersey Star Ledgerâ€™s piece.
When complete, the mall will be one of the largest and most unique shopping, entertainment and tourism centers in the world, creating an experience rivalled only by West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada and Mall of AmericaÂ® in Bloomington, Minnesota â€“ which both share the same owners as the American Dreamâ€™s, Triple Five Worldwide.
â€œAmerican Dream is intended not only to draw local residents and New York City area tourists for a day of shopping and entertainment, but also to attract visitors from around the world,â€ say Triple Five Worldwide on the centreâ€™s website www.americandream.com
Besides The American Dream complex, more than 20, possibly as many as 100 indoor ski complexes have been proposed in Canada and the USA over the past 25 years, none of which has made it to the constriction phase.
â€œAlthough the project is 80 percent complete, Triple Five and its team of experts, architects andÂ designers are making changes to the exterior to improve aesthetics and to the interior to improveÂ retail attraction and retention.â€
- Meadowlands: Get the latest news on the New Jersey snow project here.Â
- Snowdomes: Follow the latest developments here.
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