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Mall of America's ice rink to stay open for longer due to popular demand

It had been scheduled to close on Jan. 27, but that's been pushed back.

The new ice rink at the Mall of America will stay open for a few weeks longer than originally planned due to popular demand.

The Mall of America announced on Thursday that its "Skate the Star" rink will not be closing until Feb. 18, having originally planned to close this Sunday.

The custom-built rink, the first-of-its-kind at the megamall, has been a huge success not just for the MOA, but also the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

That's because the MOA has donated 100 percent of its ice skate rental fees to the nonprofit, which has so far raised more than $75,000 since the rink opened on Dec. 8.

"Our goal with Skate the Star was to bring a new experience to our guests and to raise money and awareness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities," said Jill Renslow, SVP of Business Development at Mall of America. 

"I’m so excited that we have surpassed all expectations with our first-ever ice rink. We are thrilled to be able to host this experience for a few more weeks and continue raising funds for such an important community partner."

Terryl Brumm, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs Twin Cities, said the money raised will be "transformational in advancing the programming we provide that changes lives."

The nonprofit provides activities and support for more than 9,000 young people in the Twin Cities.

If you want to try the ice rink at the MOA before it closes, you can find it at the North entrance, next to the Star sculpture.

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