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State Hopes For American Dream Facelift

The American Dream entertainment complex will not be open for business by next year’s Super Bowl but state officials hope it will at least look different.

Xanadu building in the Meadowlands
Xanadu building in the Meadowlands (YouTube)

The bright orange, blue & green building alongside the New Jersey Turnpike described by Governor Chris Christie as ” “the ugliest building in the world” was built initially as Xanadu in 2009 but the original developers ran into financial difficulties.

Mall of America owner Triple Five is now developing the complex but has yet to work out a legal challenge over Sunday hours during Jets & Giants games and admits they will not be ready to open by next February when the Super Bowl is played at Met Life Stadium. According to its website, Triple Five says the building is 80% complete.

“While American Dream will not be completed in time for the Super Bowl, we do fully intend to be prepared and able to host and support Super Bowl-related events as needed to assist the host committee and others with related Super Bowl needs,” Triple Five spokesman Alan Marcus tells the Star Ledger.

Exterior Changes A Priority

Illustration of the completed American Dream megamall in the Meadowlands (Triple Five)

Triple Five says they will make it a priority to change the building’s exterior once construction begins later this year. “I would anticipate the construction will start in 2013 and there will be a heavy emphasis on making sure the exterior will look different before the Super Bowl,”real estate executive Jon F. Hanson tells the tells the Star Ledger. Hanson is Christie’s chief adviser on the state’s sports and entertainment industries. “We all want it changed,” he said.

According to the complex’s website, Triple Five plans to build a glass-domed amusement park, indoor ice rink and water park at the American Dream in addition to the first indoor snow skiing facility in North America, 26-screen movie theater and a 3,000 seat theater.

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