Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Former MSG Chief to Head WTC Observation Project

The former head of Madison Square Garden will oversee the building of a three-story observation deck at the new One World Trade Center.

1 World Trade Center, under construction (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Wednesday it has awarded the contract to New York-based Legends Hospitality. Former MSG president and CEO Dave Checketts heads the company.

“This is much more than a terrific business opportunity for Legends,” Checketts told the Port Authority board Wednesday. “We see it as a matter of trust, of strength, of perseverance and of rebirth.”

Among the venues Legends has developed are Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium.

The observation area will be on the tower’s 100th through 102nd floors and will feature interactive displays, a theater, a gift shop and tours. The area will be enclosed and won’t feature any outdoor areas. Port Authority executive director Pat Foye said having an outdoor observation area was studied but was deemed not feasible.

Legends is committing $62.5 million in capital to the project, Foye said. He estimated just under 4 million people will visit the site each year and that it will generate about $875 million over the course of Legends’ 15-year lease. Admission will be charged to the observation area, but Foye declined to say how much it would cost.

The observation deck is scheduled to open in early 2015.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!