Sky News is reporting that a consortium of Chinese firms is planning on opening an amusement park based on the world’s second best football player, Lionel Messi.
Set to span more than 80,000 sq metres, The Messi Experience Park will include more than 20 attractions at the site in Nanjing, eastern China. The park is set to open in early 2019, and will make the most of both virtual and augmented reality technologies to offer football training workshops alongside other entertainment activities, which will apparently include displays of the diminutive player’s career highlights.
Launching the theme park during a four-day trip to China, Messi said he hoped the attraction would increase the amount of children taking up football, and eerily commented: “Hopefully, they will feel that I am around when visiting the park.”
The park will be run by as a joint venture by Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Group, and the Spanish firm Mediapro, and aims to include, 46,000 sq meters of indoor facilities, alongside 12,000 sq metres of “garden game areas” and 25,000 sq metres of public space.