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The Michael Jordan statue is moving (again)

Michael Jordan statue
Photograph: CC/Flickr/jimchou

Last April, the iconic statue of Michael Jordan (also known as "The Spirit") was moved from its podium in front of Gate 4 of the United Center to a temporary location near the arena's southeast corner. The relocation was made as construction began on a new building on the east side of the United Center, which will house offices, Bull and Blackhawks retail stores, new restaurants and a public atrium.

Now that the new building is nearing completion—it's currently scheduled to open during the midpoint of the Bulls' 2016–17 season—the Michael Jordan statue is being moved, once again, to its new permanent home inside the atrium. The final relocation of the statue will take place sometime later this month, at which point it will become inaccessible to visitors until the atrium is opened. 

If you've been putting off taking a selfie in front of Michael Jordan's bronze visage, you should hurry to the United Center and snap a picture before the statue is moved—you're not likely to see it again until January or February of next year. If it's any consolation, statues of Chicago Blackhawks players Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita will remain outside of Gate 3 ½ at the United Center.