BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — After being closed on Turkey Day for the second year in a row, the Mall of America is open again for thousands of shoppers on Friday morning. It turned out to be a record-breaking day, too.

The Mega Mall is bringing back traditional Black Friday excitement with giveaways, shopping deals and more.

The first 200 shoppers in line outside before the Mall opened at 5 a.m. received a mystery scratch-off gift card worth anywhere between $10 and $500.

An official from Mall of America says there were about 2,500 people in line Friday morning ahead of Black Friday.

According to a mall official, around 175,000 people came through the doors as of Friday afternoon — smashing the previous record of just over 130,000.

The fun doesn’t stop on Black Friday, though — Mall of America has special giveaways and events planned all weekend long.

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Mary McGuire

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