Ark attraction opening date holds biblical meaning

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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY (FOX19) - A Noah's Ark attraction in northern Kentucky will open to the public July 7, 2016, builders announced Thursday.

Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, started building the massive ark replica in August 2014.

Project leaders said the opening date is a nod to Genesis 7:7, which reads, "And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood."

Once it is ready for the public, the park will stay open for 40 days and 40 nights - the amount of time the Bible says the flood lasted.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 19. They are $40 for adults, $28 for children and $31 for seniors. Parking is $10.

The ark is 510 feet long and has three decks.

This $91 million project is the first phase of a religious theme park, according to the group.

Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham says about $80 million has been raised. Ham said he's confident ticket sales and memberships will bring in the needed funds before construction is complete.

Project officials says a large portion of funding for the ark has come through bonds, donations, and memberships.

It could bring in at least 300 jobs to the area. Hiring will begin in Spring 2016.

The state of Kentucky approved an $18 million tax incentive to the ark last year, but ultimately rejected the incentives over concerns of "religious indoctrination." The decision is the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit.

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