New alternative for the Pyramid includes a rollercoaster - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Syan Rhodes

New alternative for the Pyramid includes a rollercoaster

Rendering of the :Pyramid Adventure."  To see more renderings, click the link on this page. Rendering of the :Pyramid Adventure." To see more renderings, click the link on this page.

Shelby County Commissioners, growing increasingly weary of a proposed deal to bring Bass Pro Shops into the vacant Pyramid, spent Wednesday afternoon learning more about another alternative: an amusement park.

Dubbed "Pyramid Adventure," the park would bring a totally new use to the empty arena.  The proposed $150 million indoor theme park is the brainchild of Memphis marketing executive, Greg Ericson.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL.

Ericson, who's worked for Busch Gardens, Disney, and Ringling Brothers, said the park could bring in $200 million dollars a year, and create hundreds of new jobs.

"One of the things we want to do is have a roller coaster that starts inside the building, and goes through the skin, and rides down a corner of the building," he said.

In order to secure major investors, Ericson needs the city and county to give him a non-binding letter of intent, just like the three letters of intent Bass Pro Shops has had in the last three years.

"We just want our project to be out there and be heard and listened to like it was today," Ericson said.

Commissioners opted not to make any firm commitments, choosing instead to wait out Bass Pro Shops' January deadline to sign on the dotted line.

"You do have my ear," said Commissioner James Harvey, "and you do have my support in terms of your idea."

Commissioners said if there is no signed contract with Bass Pro Shops in January, they will move ahead without looking back.  In the meantime, the county officials plan to meet with city leaders to discuss concerns about the project.


Click here to email Syan Rhodes.
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly