Local news sources are reporting today that Radisson has announced plans to build a new Radisson Blue hotel next to the Mall of America, with skyway connections to the large indoor shopping and entertainment mall. Opening is anticipated to occur in March 2013. This is in addition to the current Radisson Hotel Bloomington & Water Park of America. The Radisson Blue brand is being marketed as a more upscale, boutique-like hotel chain. The new hotel could be considered the most upscale alternative for accommodations close to MSP airport. It would obviously compete well with properties providing shuttle service to the MOA. Note that there is a light rail station at the MOA for service to MSP and downtown Minneapolis, including sports venues.