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Atlantic City, NJ - Items of Interest



Atlantic City is always changing. Properties are being bought, sold and improved, just like in the game of Monopoly.




The Taj Mahal is having a Liquidation Sale


On Thursday July 6, 2017 the Taj Mahal started a liquidation sale. The is intended to clear the former hotel casino of its contents before it is gutted to make way for a Hard Rock Gotel and Casino.





Taj Mahal will become Hard Rock


On March 1, 2017 Carl C. Icahn announced a deal to sell the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to a group of New Jersey investors led by Hard Rock International. It will become the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Hard Rock International said its group would invest more than $300 million to buy, renovate, and reopen the 17 acre resort.




The State of NJ approved a five-year state takeover to stave off a bankruptcy filing by Atlantic City.




The Trump Taj Mahal Casino has closed


As of October 10, 2016 the Trump Taj Mahal casino has closed.



Harrah's Renovations


Harrah;s is getting a $30 million makeover. Harrah's is redoing 450 rooms and suites in the casino's Bayview Tower. The work will begin in mid-November and should be finished by Memorial Day weekend in 2017.

The makeover includes improvements to the Pool After Dark, its fitness center and the food court,



The Revel will be "Ten."


Atlantic City's former Revel casino resort plans to reopen next year under the name Ten. Straub plans to open Ten in the first quarter of 2017.


Showboat


The Showboat reopened, as a hotel only, on July, 8 2016. It has 872 rooms, including 83 ocean front suites, but offers no casino games.



Bader Field


Bader Field is again up for sale. Atlantic City put the 143-acre site up for sale in 2008. Then it was asking $1.5 billion. Penn National offered $800 million in 2008, but the city turned it down. In 2016 Bader Field is again for sale. Mayor Don Guardian said Atlantic City will set a minimum bid of $150 million, a 90% discount.



Stockton University Atlantic City Campus


Stackton University Campus

Stockton University Campus

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There, at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany, and Pacific Avenues, Stockton plans to finally create its long-discussed Atlantic City campus by putting up three buildings: a housing and student center on the Boardwalk for 500 or so students, a parking garage with 850 spaces topped by new offices for South Jersey Gas, and an academic building for up to 1,800 students.

Residents in the Chelsea neighborhood largely welcomed the campus, saying they hoped the influx of students, faculty, and staff could fuel a rise in small businesses nearby.

Th2 $207 million campus is set to open in the fall of 2018.



Showboat Casino Sale Completed


As of January 2016, the sale of the Showboat Casino, for $23 million, to Bart Blatstein was completed. However the new owner has not decided whether to reopen it as a casino.


Boardwalk Extension and Seawall


The Atalantic City Boardwalk is going to be extended all along the Absecon Inlet to Gardners Basin. A seawall will be built along the boardwalk to protect it from damage from the sea.

Follow this link to see about the Seawall.




Gadner's Basin Concept Plan



Tucked back in the Northwest corner of Atlantic City, along the Absecon Inlet, lies Garner's Basin, a quaint little fishing village that has boats, shops, restaurants and even an Aquarium.

Plans are being made to expand, and transform Gardner's basin into a major attraction, to widen Atlantic City's appeal to more than casinos.

The plans include extending the boardwalk further north, and back along the inlet, all the way to Gardner's Basin. Also to add a Retail Village, more restaurants, more boat docks, a new amphitheather, a fisherman's park and to expand the Aquarium.

Follow this link to see Gardner's Basin at the present time.

Follow this link to see the Gardner's Basin Concept Plan.

Follow this link to see the Inlet in the Early Days.



Stockton Bought the Showboat


Richard Stockton College bought the Showboat Casino for $18 million. It will be used as a new dormitory and branch campus.


Best Beach Boardwalk


The Travel Channel's Annual Best Beach Awards 2014, named Atlantic City as having the "Best Beach Boardwalk" in the world.



United Ends Air Service to Atlantic City


As of December 3rd 2014, United Airlines is ending flights in and out of Atlantic City International Airport.



The Revel May Re-open


On Oct 1 2014, a Canadian asset management company, Toronto-based Brookfield Holdings LLC, won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel in Atlantic City and plans to re-open it as a casino. The winning bid was $110 million.


The Showboat, the Revel and the Trump Plaza are Gone


As of September 2014 the Showboat, the Revel and the Trump Plaza have closed.


The Atlantic Club is Gone


The Atlantic Club was sold at auction on Decmber 20th 2013, to Tropicana and Caesars. Tropicana bought the Atlantic Club's customer data and gambling equipment, including table games and slot machines, for $8.57 million. Caesars acquired the real estate, including the hotel and it's fittings for $15 million.

The Atlantic Club closed as of Jan. 13, 2014. It is possible that the property will be reopened as a noncasino hotel sometime in the future.


Miss America Pageant


The Miss America Pageant has returned to Atlantic City. The Miss America Pageant came home. The pageant came back in Atlantic City, where it started 93 years ago and where it was held until 2006, when organizers moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2013, the Pageant was held at Boardwalk Hall, from September 10th to 15th.


Bass Pro Shops


Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, has reached agreement to be a part of The Cordish Companies Phase IV development of The Walk in Atlantic City. The new Bass Pro Shops 70,000 square-foot super store will be located on the block between Mississippi and Missouri avenues and from Atlantic and Artic avenues, just behind the Trump Plaza casino.

Present plans call for beginning construction of the Atlantic City Bass Pro Shop Store in October of 2013.


Resorts - Margaritaville


Resorts added a Margaritaville theme to its Atlantic City casino.

Resorts Casino Hotel built a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Landshark Bar and Grill in the footprint of the former Steeplechase Pier.



Steel Pier Ferris Wheel


June, 2013

Steel Pier has received Atlantic City planning board approval to build a new and bigger Ferris Wheel on th pier. It will be 220 feet in height (with the height of the pier included), and be the highest Ferris Wheel in the country.



Bally's Beach Bar


June, 2013

Bally's Beach Bar was damaged by the Sandy super storm. It was repaired and opened in 2013 under it's original name, Bally's Bikini Beach Bar.



New Jersey Internet Gambling


Feb. 2013

Governor Chris Christy signed a bill allowing internet gambling in New Jersey. The bill allows only Atlantic City casinos to take online bets.



Revel Files for Bankruptcy


Feb. 2013

Revel announced that is filing for bankruptcy protection. It plans to reduce it's dept through a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.



In Room Gaming


Feb. 2013

The Borgata has become the first casino in the nation to offer gaming via television from the privacy of their hotel rooms.



Trump Plaza


Feb. 2013

The Trump Plaza has been sold for only $20M.



Miss America Pageant to Return to Atlantic City


Feb. 2013

The Miss America Pageant,is coming home. The pageant will be back in Atlantic City, where it started 93 years ago and where it was held until 2006, when organizers moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Starting in 2013, the Pageant will be held at Boardwalk Hall, during yet to be determined dates in September.

Follow this link to see: The Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City"



Atlantic City Boardwalk Condition


Nov. 2012

Reports that the Atlantic City Boardwalk was damaged by the Sandy storm are misleading. The part of the boardwalk that was damaged was the far northern section near the inlet where the Captain Starns and Hackney restaurants used to be. This section of the boardwalk had been let go, and was in disrepair.

The main section of the Boardwalk from Vermont avenue and to the south are completely intact. This includes where all the casinos are, including the new Revel which is the northernmost casino. The Revel is now open and you can walk to it on the boardwalk.




Trump Plaza Closing Beach Bar for Good


July 2012

Trump Plaza is shuting down its Beach Bar forever. The reason stated is the high cost of union labor.



Resorts


June 2012

Resorts plans to add a Margaritaville theme to its Atlantic City casino.

In 2012, Resorts Casino Hotel started making plans to build a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Landshark Bar and Grill in the footprint of the former Steeplechase Pier.

Margaritaville Landshark Bar and Grill ar Resorts

Proposed Margaritavile Landshark Bar and Grill



Atlantic Club Casino Hotel


2012

The Atlantic City Hilton, which for the last few months has been called ACH, will now be named the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. They will target more local gamblers around South Jersey. They will feature lower priced games like penny slots, and table games with $5 and $10 dollar minimum bets.




Atlantic City Tourism District Plan


The A.C. Tourism District plan was approved on Wednesday, Nov 1 by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. This document sets the strategic framework for Atlantic City's newly created tourism district.



2012 Bader Field Festivals


The Atlantic City Council has approved four multiday music festivals to take place at Bader Field in 2012. Headline performers will include Phish, Kenny Chesney , Metallica and Star Hill.



Taj Mahal Strip Club


The NJ Div. of Game Enforcement has approved a gentlemens strip club that is planned to be opened in the summer of 2012 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. Dancers could strip only to pasties and g-strings. The club will be named "Scores."



Life Size Monopoly Game Board


Life Size Monopoy Game Board

Bally's has constructed a lifesize monopoly game board on the boardwalk in front of their casino. After all, Bally's is located at the Boardwalk and Park Place, the two most desirable and expensive properties on the monopoly game board.

To find out about this huge monopoly game board, and to see more and larger photos follow this Link:
Life Size Monopoly Game Board



81.88 Pound Striped Bass

Atlantic City loses Striped Bass
World Record

A new world-record striped bass was caught on the night of August 4, 2011 in Connecticut waters. The striper was boated by Greg Myerson and weighed in at 81.88 pounds. It edges out the previous record of 78.8 pounds caught in 1982, in Atlantic City.

Myerson caught his huge striper drifting a live eel near a submerged boulder, near the Outer Southwest Reef off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut. His striper measured 54 inches in length.

Greg Myerson said he's sorry to take the striped bass world-record from Atlantic City, but he is happy to have it in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Greg Myerson's striper officially became the world record when it was certified by the IGFA on October 19th, 2011.



Steel Pier Has Been Sold


The Catanoso family, which has been leasing the pier since 1993, purchased Steel Pier for $4.25 million from Trump Entertainment. It is expected that the pier will remain an Amusement Pier, and may see some significant upgrades.



Hard Rock Casino for Atlantic City

Hard Rock International is planning to build a $275 million casino in Atlantic City. It would be built at the south end of the boardwalk at Albany Avenue, just south of the present Hilton. It would initially have 200 rooms, but could expand to 550 rooms sometime in the future. It would open in the spring of 2014.

As of September, 2012, this project has been cancelled.



Top Boardwalk, 2011

Atlantic City has the top boardwalk in the nation. This according to National Geographic, which has just released its list of the top 10.



Lucy The Elephant Struck by Lightning

Lucy The Elephant

Lucy The Elephant

On Sunday, July 3, 2011 Lucy the Elephant was struck by Lighting, damaging her interior controls and air conditioning. She will be repaired. Lucy was also struck by lightning back in 2006, requiring $162,000 in repairs.

To find out about Lucy follow this Link: Lucy The Elephant

Gay Bar

In May of 2011 a gay bar named "Prohibition" was opened in the Resorts casino.


Borgata Renovations

In order to keep pace with the new modern Revel Casino, which is due to open in 2012, The Borgata is investing $50 Million to upgrade their rooms and interior.



The Revel Casino Project is Back on Track

Revel - Atlantic City

Revel - Early 2011

Revel Entertainment has obtained the required financing to complete construction.

To see more about the Revel Casino follow this link: Revel

Trump Marina Will Become a Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget - Atlantic City

Atlantic City Golden Nugget

Landry's restaurant chain is buying the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $38 million. Landry's owns and operates the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. They plan to convert the Trump Marina into the Golden Nugget of Atlantic City. Landry's intends to spend $150 million to convert the Trump Marina into a luxury resort.

To see more about the Golden Nugget Casino follow this link: Golden Nugget

Atlantic City Tourism District

On February 1, 2011 NJ Governor Chris Christie signed a bill to create a state run tourism district in Atlantic City. This bill authorizes the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to takeover the district, which will include the Boardwalk casino zone, the Marina District, the Walk retail outlets and Bader Field. The bill also provides for the merger of the Atlantic City Covention and Visitors Authority into the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

Christy also announced a deal that includes state tax breaks to help get the Revel Casino development back on track. This deal provides for tax rebates, totaling $260 million over for Revel in future years.

Boardwalk Hall

Billboard Magazine reported that Boardwalk Hall is the top grossing mid-sized arena in North America. The 14,700-seat hall grossed more than $15 million in ticket sales, and attracted 252,577 attendees for 35 ticketed shows that include 15 concerts and seven sellouts.

Smaller Casinos for Atlantic City

In January 2011, NJ Gov. Christie signed a bill allowing smaller sized casino hotels to be built in Atlantic City. Such casino hotels could have only 200 guest rooms, rather than 500, as previously required. The new law allows 2 such smaller casino hotels to be built.

Hard Rock International has expressed interest in building a $300 million casino on vacant property at Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Wind Turbines on Steel Pier

The first of three wind turbines are to be installed on Steel Pier by the summer of 2011. Each would be 12 stories, high with 25 foot rotors, and harness the winds cutting across the pier to generate electricity. The wind turbine would be a tourist attraction and generate much of the energy needed to run the amusements on the pier.



Resorts

As of 2010, Resorts Atlantic City was purchased by Dennis Gomes. Dennis plans to implement a new roaring 20s theme, ala "Boardwalk Empire" at Resorts.



Hilton

Landry's Restaurants, which owns the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, is interested in buying the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort.



The Pier Shops

Taubman Centers Inc., which owns The Pier Shops, has defaulted on its $135 million mortgage. It is likely that the pier will soon have a new owner.



Trump Marina

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. is putting the Trump Marina Casino Resort up for sale.



IMAX Theatre

The Tropicana has the IMAX theatre that shows regularly scheduled movies. The Tropicana IMAX large format screen measures 55 by 75 feet, and is 3D capable. The Tropicana's IMAX theatre is in the Quarter.


Tropicana

In early March 2010, Carl Icahn completed a $200 million deal, with a Delaware bankruptcy court, to buy the Atlantic City Tropicana Casino and Resort. The new parent company is called Tropicana Entertainment Inc. and will be run by its new president, Mark Giannantonio.


Margaritaville

Margaritaville Logo


Margaritaville

Coastal Marina, LLC, a New York-based gaming venture, was to acquire the Trump Marina Hotel Casino from Trump Entertainment resorts, Inc. The resort would have been re-branded as a "Margaritaville™” Marina Resort & Casino.

Link to more about Margaritaville


This project was canceled due to the
poor economy.

Since then the Trump Marina was sold to Landry's Restaurants. They are turning into a Golden Nugget.



Blackjack

Resorts now has Blackjack with $2 minimum bets. They call it "Retro Blackjack," returning to the way it was in 1978.

The Hilton has introduced "Double Deck Pitch Blackjack," played with just two decks instead of the usual eight. Card counters, hurry over!


2010 LPGA ShopRite Classic

The Ladies Professional Golf Association made a tour stop in Atlantic City when it returned to the Seaview Marriott June 14-20, 2010. The ShopRite Classic, wass a 54-hole event with a $1.5M prize purse.


Atlantic City Restaurant Week

The third annual Atlantic City Restaurant Week takes place from, Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2011. During that week more than 70 participating restaurants will offer a multi-course meal for the fixed price of $15.11 for lunch and $33.11 for dinner (not including beverage, tax and gratuity).


Pinnacle Drops Plans for an Atlantic City casino

Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. recently (02/05/2010) stated that they have scrapped plans for an Atlantic City casino and hope to sell its land.


Fishermans Energy Wind Farm

In January 2010 Fishermans Energy Corp. announced plans to build a 20 meagawatt wind farm about three miles offshore from Atlantic City.

The project would consist of six turbines and they would be visible from the Atlantic City boardwalk. They stated that the wind farm would more likely be a tourist draw than an eyesore. The project is planned for completion by October 2011.


Atlantic City Rail Line Traffic

The Atlantic City Rail Line which provides service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City has realized a drop in ridership of 21 percent during the three month period that ended September 30th, 1990.


New Rail Line Terminal

In October, 2009 NJ Transit announced that they will build a new transit center in Pennsauken that will link the Atlantic City Rail Line and the River Line that goes to Trenton. This will make it easier for people who live in the towns served by the River Line to travel to Atlantic City by train.


Trump Atlantic City Casinos

In a September, 2009 bankruptcy settlement with creditors, Donald Trump has given up control of his three casinos in Atlantic City. In the creditors reorganization plan they can continue to use his name but Donald will not be in control. He will receive warrants for 10 percent of the new company after it is reorganized.


Expansion of the Walk

The Walk, the Atlantic City outlet mall will be expanded, adding a dozen new stores. The Walk presently has 105 stores. The new stores will be located across the street from the Atlantic City Convention Center.


The Pier Shops are in Trouble

Taubman Centers Inc., of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who has the mortgage on the Pier Shops at Caesars said it was no longer able to make payments on it's $135 million dollar mortgage. The pier Shops will continue to operate.


Westjet Airline Comes to Atlantic City

Canada-based Westjet Airline has started seasonal airline service between Atlantic City International Airport and Toronto. Seasonal in this case being from October through May.


Sports Betting

In a move that could prove costly to Atlantic City's ailing casino industry, the Delaware State Senate approved a bill on Tuesday May 11, 2009 that would authorize Delaware to become the only state east of the Mississippi River to offer sports betting, sending it to Gov. Jack Markell for his promised signature.


AirTran Airlines

In June, Discount Airline AirTran will begin twice-daily round trip service between Atlantic City International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the AirTran Airlines hub. From there passengers can connect via AirTran flights to almost 60 cities.

AirTran will be the second commercial passenger airline serving Atlantic City on a regular basis, the other being Spirit Airline.


Casino Expansion Plans

All of the four megacasino resorts which had planned expansion in Atlantic City have put these plans on hold because of the poor economy and credit crunch.



Hell's Kitchen

The 5th season of the Fox Networks TV show, Hell's Kitchen, was filmed at the Borgata. To see more about "Hell's Kitchen", follow this Link: Hell's Kitchen.




Boardwalk Empire

HBO is planning a series about Atlantic City based on Nelson Johnson's book Boardwalk Empire.



New Spirit Airline Flight to Atlantic City

Spirit Airlines will begin daily flights between Boston MA and Atlantic City NJ on May 1 2009.



Train Service From New York City

NJ Transit and Borgata Hotel & Spa, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah's Atlantic City have joined forces to to provide weekend express train service between New York City and Atlantic City. This train service started on Feb. 6, 2009. The casinos provide shuttles to meet passengers and bring them to the casinos.



MGM Grand Casino Development in Atlantic City Suspended

MGM Mirage reported third-quarter 2008 net income fell 67% and said it was suspending plans to build a new casino in Atlantic City because of the credit crunch. Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Lanni said The company will halt development until the economy and capital markets "are sufficiently improved.



Smoking Ban Suspendeded

The Atlantic City Council decided to suspend the smoking ban on city casinos that would have taken effect on October 15, 2008 by at least a year.



Goodby Miss America Way

The Miss America Pageant had been held in Atlantic City since 1921. In 2006 the pageant moved to Las Vegas following a dispute over local funding and network television coverage. The pageant had been remembered in Atlantic City via "Miss America Way", the name of a block long section of road between the Sheraton Hotel and the Atlantic City Convention Center. This road is now being renamed "Convention Boulevard".


Bader Field

Bader Field, in Atlantic City, is a former airport. It is a 148 acre strip of land surrounded on three sides by water. The airport was used in the first attempts to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. Bader Field is owned by the City, and is expected to be put up for sale in the near future. To find out more about Bader Field, follow this link: Bader Field



Chelsea Hotel

The new, "non-gaming" hotel, the Chelsea opened in June, 2008. It is located adjacent to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. It was built on the grounds of the Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson motels that had been at that location. The new Chelsea has 330 rooms and 12 suites, with both ocean and bay views.



Airport Parking Garage

In June of 2008, a new indoor parking garage opened at the Atlantic City International Airport. The parking garage is six stories high, and provides 1,370 parking spaces.



Borgata Water Club

The new 800-room "Water Club" tower opened in June of 2008, at the Borgata. The Borgata Water Club has 5 pools and a "Spa in the Sky". The Water Club features signature in-room dining by Manhattan Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, and shopping at six exclusive boutiques.



Trump Marina Casino to be Sold

Coastal Marina, LLC, a New York-based gaming venture, is to acquire the Trump Marina Hotel Casino from Trump Entertainment resorts, Inc. The resort is to be re-branded as a "Margaritaville™” Marina Resort & Casino.

Link to more about: Margaritaville



New $25,000 Chip

The NJ State Casino Control Commission recently approved the use of a new higher denomination , $25,000, gambling chip. The previous highest denomination chip was $20,000. The new chip is expected to be used on casino high- end tables, where gamblers can bet up to $50,00 at a time.



Harrah's Opens New Waterfront Tower

With the opening of it's new Waterfront Tower, Harrah's now has the the tallest building in Atlantic City at 525 feet, and the most hotel rooms at 2950, most with spectacular views. These new facilities include a tropical-themed pool underneath a 90-foot-high glass dome.



Harrah's Sold

As of Jan. 28 2008, Harrah's is no longer a public company. Harrah's Entertainment Inc. was sold to two private equity firms, Appollo Management L.P. of New York and Texas Pacific Group Capital of Fort Worth Texas, for $27.8 billion. Worldwide, Harrah's owns more than 50 properties that include casinos on land and in ships. The transaction includes four casinos in Atlantic City - Bally's, Caesars, Showboat, and Harrah's Marina.



Tropicana Casino

On December 17th, 2007 the casino commission denied the Columbia-Sussex Corp. a license renewal for the Tropicana Casino. As a result, the Tropicana Casino is up for sale.



Sands Casino Demolished

On October 18th 2007 the Sands Casino was demolished, to make room for a new mega-casino resort. The Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. will develop on the Sands site, at Indiana and Pacific Avenues, a $1.5 billion mega-casino resort scheduled to open in 2012.

Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. have put these plans on hold because ot tight credit markets.



Smoking Ban

In April, the Atlantic City Council voted to impose a total smoking ban on city casinos that would take effect on October 15, 2008. Most of the casinos plan to comply with the smoking ban by building indoor unattended smoking lounges away from the slot machines and gaming tables.