Sea Life Aquarium Opens To Public
Feb 21, 2014 10:23AM ● Published by Jason Huddle
On hand to deliver welcome speeches were; Concord Mayor, Scott Padgett, NC Dept. of Commerce Secretary, Sharon Decker, Tom Murray, CEO, Charlotte Visitors Authority, Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, U.S. Congressman, Richard Hudson (NC-08), Liz poole, Chairman, Cabarrus County Board of Commisioners, Scott Williamson, Global Head of Marketing, Merlin Entertainments, New Cabarrus Chamber CEO, Patrick Coughlin, Trisha Ruf, General Manager of the aquarium and Concord Mills General Manager, Ray Soporowski.
"Concord Mills is thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, which adds another dimension to our unique brand of shopping with great retail, dining and entertainment all under one roof,” Soporowski stated. “This much-anticipated family attraction is the perfect fit for Concord Mills, enhancing our already celebrated shopping experience with more stores, more value and more fun.”
The new Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for kids and adults with more than 5,000 sea creatures and more than 20 spectacular displays of diverse marine life with everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. The aquarium also features a shoaling ring, an indoor play area and a 360 degree viewing tunnel surrounded on all sides by water. According to officials, there are also plans to obtain certification to house, exhibit and care for Sea Turtles.
Those plans may come to fruition as early as next year. “Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is proud to join the incredible group of shopping, dining and entertainment options at Concord Mills,” said Ruf. “We look forward to providing families visiting the mall with an interactive, educational experience they won’t find anywhere else in our area."