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Former U2 stage to be centerpiece of Utah aquarium expansion

By: JULIAN HATTEM, Associated Press
April 14, 2018 Updated: April 14, 2018 at 10:37 am
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photo - In this rendering provided by the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is the The Living Planet Science Learning Campus expansion in Draper, Utah. The former stage centerpiece of rock band U2's international tour, a 165-foot tall spider-like structure, has found a new home as the backdrop for an aquarium expansion in suburban Salt Lake City. (Loveland Living Planet Aquarium via AP)
In this rendering provided by the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is the The Living Planet Science Learning Campus expansion in Draper, Utah. The former stage centerpiece of rock band U2's international tour, a 165-foot tall spider-like structure, has found a new home as the backdrop for an aquarium expansion in suburban Salt Lake City. (Loveland Living Planet Aquarium via AP) 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A giant metal structure that spent two years touring the world with rock band U2 is finding a new home at an aquarium in suburban Salt Lake City.

The massive, four-legged structure towered above the rock behemoths during a world tour from 2009 to 2011.

Now, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper says it will be the centerpiece of a new expansion project.

Aquarium founder and CEO Brent Andersen says the expansion will continue the facility's mission and help keep up with growth in attendance.

Construction of the expansion is expected to begin this year. The outdoor plaza featuring the former rock stage is expected to be open for visitors next summer.

A new science learning center will be finished in 2021.

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