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

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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.


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