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Originally Published: 10/11/2022

(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) /PRNewswire/ — The New Jersey Hall of Fame has begun construction on its 10,000-square-foot custom space coming to American Dream, the unparalleled entertainment, shopping and dining destination located in the heart of the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The next Entertainment and Learning Center (ELC) will be located on the third floor of American Dream at the epicenter of its premier entertainment and retail offerings, near Nickelodeon Universe theme park, award-winning Dream Works water park, the only country toy The flagship of “R”Us and IT’SUGAR, the world’s first and only candy department store.

“American Dream is truly a source of pride for the great state of New Jersey and therefore it is only fitting that NJHOF open its Center for Entertainment and Learning here,” said Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream.

“American Dream is a one-of-a-kind destination and a New Jersey icon, making it the ideal location for our state-of-the-art center. The Learning and Entertainment Center will be one of the main symbols of Jersey pride. Where we will be able to celebrate our great state and all the contributions made by its many illustrious residents,” said Hall of Fame President Jon F. Hanson.

The ELC will feature highly immersive exhibits and experiences to celebrate the Garden State as well as members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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“Exhibits within the ELC will allow visitors to explore their passions through the significant achievements and contributions made by each of our inductees,” said Hall of Fame President Steve Edwards. “It’s a place where we can take pride in our Jersey value; and where we can all, including our children, be inspired to realize our highest and best sense of self. I couldn’t imagine a more fitting home for NJHOF than one of the premier destinations of New Jersey.”

Visitors will first be greeted by a life-size replica of NJHOF members who will welcome them to the ELC, before proceeding to the hometown exhibit, where they can embark on a virtual reality ride in a classic car with a member of the Hall of Fame, visiting their places of origin, school, home and favorite restaurant.

“We are thrilled to see this project launch and support the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s mission to honor our great state and its exceptional citizens who have contributed so much to the world,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack. Meridian Health, main sponsor of the NJHOF.

The new facility will also feature the historic Ford Model “T” automobile that Henry Ford gifted to Hall of Famer Thomas Edison in 1933. The two embarked on road trips across the country in the Model T and became into great friends along the way.

“The New Jersey Hall of Fame is the perfect place to house the Ford Model T, a great piece of America and owned by New Jersey’s first Hall of Fame inductee and New Jersey resident, Thomas Edison,” said John Keegan, president of Edison. Innovation Foundation.

And while you can’t take a ride in the original Ford Model T, customers will be able to climb into a replica of the car and take an epic ride with the “Fly Me to the Moon” motion simulator. Former astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly will recount the experience of New Jersey’s many contributions to the field of science.

Meanwhile, the Great Hall of the ELC will contain the wall of famecomprised of artifacts and plaques celebrating each of the more than 200 members, as well as everyday heroes, focusing on the achievements of the citizens of New Jersey. Patrons can also take to the hologram karaoke stage and sing along with some of music’s biggest legends, like Gloria Gaynor and Frankie Valli, or play a late-night host and interview some of their favorite stars.

With construction underway, the Learning and Entertainment Center is working towards an expected completion in spring 2023.

Because everyone needs a hero, the New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society, the state of New Jersey, and the rest of the world. Since 2008, the NJHOF has hosted 13 ceremonies for more than 200 notable individuals and groups in recognition of their induction into the Hall of Fame. The NJHOF strives to introduce school-age children to meaningful and impactful role models to demonstrate that they can and should strive for excellence. The NJHOF is grateful for the support of its many sponsorswithout whom none of their efforts would be possible.

American dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unparalleled blend of world-class entertainment, retail and dining, comprising more than 3 million square feet just minutes from New York City in East Rutherford, New Jersey. American Dream is home to major attractions including DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Big SNOW Ski Hill, Dream Wheel, a 300-foot observation wheel overlooking the New York City skyline. York, as well as soon-debuting attractions like The Game Room Powered by Hasbro and Skip Barber Racing Go-Kart Academy. American Dream’s immersive luxury shopping and dining experience, The Avenue, features Saks Fifth Avenue, Herm├Ęs, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Carpaccio, a fine-dining Italian restaurant and much more. The collection of shops and restaurants is further expanded with flagship locations for Aritzia, H&M, PRIMARK, Uniqlo, Sephora and Zara; as well as the global flagship of Toys”R”Us, the only independent location in the US, the first MrBeast Burger restaurant and the world’s first and only “candy department store”, IT’SUGAR.

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