Space Shuttle Atlantis Facility

When government-backed space efforts first soared into the imaginations of every-day, hard-working Americans in the 1960’s, patriotic enthusiasm and nationalism was at some of its highest levels.

Seeking to rekindle America’s love for space and the technology that enables it, the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction opened at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to large crowds and glowing reviews in July 2013.

Space Florida secured more than half of the $100 million needed for construction of this 90,000-square-foot exhibit through an innovative credit arrangement with Bank of America, where a percentage of revenue from tickets and concessions service the loan. This unique transaction would not have been possible without Space Florida’s unique State empowerments and high-profile banking relationships.

Creation and management of Space Shuttle Atlantis by Delaware North Companies have resulted in hundreds of new jobs in Florida and tourism numbers are growing rapidly in response to this one-of-a-kind exhibit.