Sure, can I have a beer there?
Mall of America closes on financing for expansion
The Mall of America confirmed Monday that it has closed on the financing for its upcoming Phase 1C expansion project, paving the way for groundbreaking to occur later this month.
The $250 million expansion — located on the north side of the existing mall — will include 342-room JW Marriott luxury hotel, the MOA Crossing office building, 150,000 square feet of upscale retail, a new dining area and an underground parking ramp.
Mall of America officials have been targeting a fall 2015 opening.
The machine stands 23.5 feet tall and 40 feet long, and contains over 100,000 pieces. It has 2 lifts, 3 motors, and 8 paths, including a 20 foot free-fall, an 8 foot tall big-ball-factory spiral, and a 60 foot long path which hangs from the ceiling. It takes 3 and a half minutes for a ball to climb to the top of the tallest tower. You can find The Works Museum on 97th & Grand Ave S in Bloomington.
Last piece of Met Stadium torn down
The last standing piece of Metropolitan Stadium was taken down on Monday morning.
The “East” parking sign was located in the North parking lot at Mall of America. It was the final piece of decades of Minnesota history that took place at Met Stadium.
The sign will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to be auctioned off in support of Type 1 Diabetes research.
via KARE11, top photo by me from a blog post I did last July about the old Met Center/Stadium East parking sign.
Elvis Presley - Concert Review clip - From his 11-5-1971 show in Minneapolis Minn.
The spotlights stabbed down at a figure in a tight, spangled suit, a guitar twanged, and the capacity crowd in Metropolitan Sports Center burst into sound and light. Elvis Presley was on stage. Flashbulbs (nearly 100 can be counted in this 3-second exposure) popped almost continuosly as Presley performed the songs that made him famous in the 1950s and sang some new ones.
One reported dead when truck hits span in Mall of America parking ramp
At least one person was killed Friday night when a small truck struck a concrete span in the parking lot at the Mall of America parking lot, causing the span to collapse, Bloomington police said.
The narrow rectangular span collapsed when it was struck by a U-Haul truck, police said. The span fell on the front of the truck. One person was being extracted from the vehicle at about 9 p.m.
Bloomington police and fire personnel responded to the report from the fourth floor of the parking lot near Nordstrom’s at about 8:30 p.m.
The incident appeared to be an accident and not intentional, police said.
Mall of America Parking Ramp Collapse via dabbyswen
Breaking News: Part Of Parking Ramp Collapses At MOA
Mall of America parking ramp partially collapsed Friday evening and fell on a truck.
Images of the collapse show a piece of the parking ramp atop a U-Haul truck. Bloomington police said someone, with some relation to the truck, has suffered injuries. The extent of the injuries is not known.
The collapse happened near Nordstroms.
This story will be updated.
Hastily taken cell phone pic of a lady pushing her two dogs in a baby stroller at Mall Of America today.
10-16-85 Dio @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN by NYCDreamin