The story about Atlantic City’s casino industry that has been appearing in newspapers and magazines around the country is that things are really bad and at least two or more casinos will soon be closing their doors.
The authors, mostly from out of town, seem to be basing their stories on what they read in one another’s papers or magazines.
The story that you are about to read takes a different tack, as it comes from several people who are in the know and involved in the future of Atlantic City. It tells the tale of several people being interested in purchasing casinos and valuable property within Atlantic City.
One story reported elsewhere is that the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will soon be closing its doors. This has been refuted by Michael Frawley, the casino’s chief operating officer. My informant tells me that a serious bid has been or will soon be presented to the owners of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.
The second phase of my story concerns the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. It has been well-known that Trump Entertainment has been seeking to find a buyer for this site. Another informant told me that a serious bid has been made for the purchase of the Trump Plaza. The concept for this property from one of those who is rumored to have placed the bid is quite interesting and would be entirely new for this city.
The third chapter of this story is one that most people know about and has been reported in The Press of Atlantic City. This deals with the potential purchase of the Pinnacle property. The question that has been raised is what will the new owner do with this land. It is my understanding that for the time being this site will be land-banked until a decision is made as to its future.
If this story becomes a reality, and I believe at least parts of it will, one would seek an explanation from the new players and the possibility of a former player coming into this marketplace. The only explanation I can offer is that several people have the financial wherewithal to purchase properties that are available at prices that heretofore have not been available. At least this is a different look at what the future may hold from those who live and work here.
A hockey weekend
Hockey fans, get ready for one of the biggest weekends for the sport in Atlantic City’s history. Without a doubt, it will draw the biggest crowd to see a hockey game at Boardwalk Hall. Some of the best players in the National Hockey League will be playing a virtual All-Star game to help families of New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. It will provide funds that will be split among the Empire State Relief Fund, the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund and the American Red Cross.
Back in the 1930s and ’40s, this area of southern New Jersey was noted as having avid hockey fans of the Atlantic City Seagulls. Those of us who grew up in Atlantic City, many years ago, remember the hockey weekends that drew crowds of 5,000 to 7,500 fans. It is anticipated that Saturday night’s game will draw more than 13,000 fans. Tickets are priced from $20 to $100. If you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime game, I urge you to get your tickets today. Don’t miss out.
Major sponsors have been found for this event that will help increase the amount of revenue that will be raised by all of those involved in bringing it to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Credit goes to Don Marrandino, president of Caesar’s Entertainment East Coast Division, and those involved with the hockey players who are coming from all around the country to be here. On behalf of of all those who will derive aid and assistance from the revenues raised, this column expresses appreciation to the hockey players, the officials and all those involved in helping people in need in New Jersey and New York.
In addition to the Saturday game, at 4 p.m. Sunday, the American Hockey League will begin a series of four games at Boardwalk Hall. There will be two games played in January and one in February. All the games start at 4 p.m. and provide one with exciting hockey from players who are on their way up to the NHL or who have just come down.
If Atlantic City can draw a crowd of 5,000 or more for these games, there is the possibility of getting one of the teams of the American Hockey League to make the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall their home. Come out and show your support to help us show Atlantic City can support professional sports.
‘Boardwalk Empire’ deserves better
HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is now in its third year. It has already been seen by millions of people in the United States and is being shown in more than 35 nations around the world. As most of you know, the show is based on what took place in the 1920s in Atlantic City. Thousands of people love to walk our Boardwalk and have stopped to take their picture in front of the “Boardwalk Empire” facade.
Unfortunately, the New Jersey Tourism Division has not been involved in promoting Atlantic City as the site of the show, which will begin its fourth year of shooting in the not too distant future.
Here is an example of what a state tourism department can do to aid a community. Virginia state tourism officials are inviting fans of the film “Lincoln” to walk in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and his ”Lincoln” stars at the Virginia capital, the Confederate White House and the Dixie restaurant in Petersburg, where the menu includes the “Spielberger.”
“The Lincoln Movie Trail” made its debut Thursday as the state tourism office launched a website and self-guided tour of the locations used by Spielberg and his all-star cast in this historical epic on the nation’s 16th president, released nationally Friday.
I realize that “Boardwalk Empire” cannot compare to the outstanding film ”Lincoln” that I believe may get the Academy Award, but I am also aware of the fact the many millions have seen it and will continue to see “Boardwalk Empire” on a weekly basis. There has been no promotion or acknowledgment of this ongoing show from the New Jersey Tourism Division.
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