EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
The American Dream mall is debuting in East Rutherford Friday, with the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and an NHL-sized ice skating rink beginning the 3 million square foot development’s chaptered opening. The mall was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy from the state Thursday night after a day of mounting concerns over whether or not it would be allowed to open.
With many questions swirling in the days leading up to the opening, like what parking will cost at the mall, which rides will be open at Nickelodeon Universe (there are 35 total), and what it will cost to go skating at the ice rink, visitors Friday will get a first look at the long-awaited complex.
Construction crews were throughout the mall working, as most of the property is continuing to be built out.
Handfuls of people stopped by to get a peek at the mall as hectic workers prepared for opening day. Without clear signage, it was not immediately easy for guests to figure out where to park or through which entrance to get into the mall. Security guards told reporters conflicting information about when the public could enter.