Xanadu

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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.

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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.

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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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