The state-owned aquarium carries an estimated price tag of $200million, and with a four-million-gallon capacity would be one ofthe largest in the country. Further details of the project,including who would operate it, have not been released.


Construction of the facility required legislative and executiveapproval in order to override an existing state law barring anaquarium at the Sports Complex, instituted as a means of preventingcompetition with the Adventure Aquarium, also state-owned, inCamden. The latter is approximately 100 miles south of theMeadowlands site, however.


Opening day for the two-million-sf Meadowlands Xanadu,meanwhile, has been pushed back. Originally scheduled to open inNovember, the new target date is mid-summer 2009. If all goes asplanned, the aquarium would also open in the summer of 2009.

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