The Mall of America, home to the Park at MOA, announced that they are going to spend over $1 billion as part of the Phase II expansion project. The Phase II expansion project for Mall of America will include a performing arts auditorium, which would seat up to 6,000 people, a new roller coaster along with new rides and attraction for the Park at MOA, a Bass Pro Shop, and a hotel.
The on-site hotel would be eight stories tall and would feature 202 rooms at a cost of $180 to $250 a night. The cost to build the hotel will be $40 million and it will probably take between 14 to 16 months to build, pending city approval. Along with the hotel, the Mall of America will open a 300,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop.
Over the next 18 months, Mall of America officials plan to invest $25 million in new rides and attractions for the Mall of America’s amusement park, the Park at MOA. These additions include a new steel roller coaster, which is set to debut in the spring of 2008. The new coaster will be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster that will stand 67 feet tall and will travel through 1345 feet of track during its two-minute duration.
The German engineers at Gerstlauer also designed the Park at MOA’s most recent roller coaster, the Timberland Twister spinning roller coaster. The mall also plans to make some small changes including the addition of the Cantina No. 1 Corona, a 13,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant. Construction for the Phase II project should begin in mid-2007.