When it comes to what to do with the former Revel, everyone has an opinion — at least everyone with a Twitter account.
Those thought leaders and commentators have only grown bolder with the latest reports Revel might be on the sales block.
And all that public comment in the past has led to some good ideas: Remember that time in May 2016 owner Glenn Straub offered $10,000 for the best new name for the building? That little contest led to some gems that will live on, like “Swanky Bubbles” and “Cat’s Meow.”
So he picked TEN: so what?
What’s clear to us is everyone wants in on steering Revel’s rebirth,
including us. So in the best spirit of cooperation, here’s some of our staff’s best elevator pitches for what we’d like to see Revel become.
I’m all in on a Westworld-esque amusement park right inside Revel. It would be this completely immersive virtual reality experience and it would be the top-selling attraction in the world. If there is one man to bring sexy cowboy robots to Atlantic City, it’s Glenn Straub.
— Max Reil, Features Reporter
I’d like to see the Revel turn into something that resembles the hotel-resorts in the Pocono Mountains, with an indoor water park, concert venue, IMAX theater, and good restaurants and bars. Everything can stay open year-round, and in the summer it will only be steps from the beach.
— John DeRosier, Cape May County Reporter.
Now that it’s closed, I think it should come back as short time-shares. All of the amenities of a resort are already there, so why not put them to good use? Make the time-shares cheaper than a regular hotel room and have them available for shorter lengths of time, like a long three- or four-day weekend.
— Waldy Diez, Breaking News Reporter
Imagine that massive building as the home of a year-round apartment or living space, with likely all the amenities available below. There could probably even be a store or outlet in the main space, with the expanded living spaces above it. It would bring neighbors to The Ocean at 101 Boardwalk, people would barely have to leave the building in the winter, and, not to mention, it would bring some more people to that end of the Inlet.
— Erin Serpico, Breaking News and Atlantic City Reporter
The largest game of Wheel of Fortune ever conceived by man. Turn those shimmering glass panels into LED letter displays, fly in Pat Sajak and Vanna White, maybe hire the Flying Wallendas to feign turning the panels over from hundreds of feet in the air, and you’ve got a game show for the record books, one that would give Atlantic City tons of exposure and airtime.
— Dan Grote, Copy Desk Chief
Video-game tournaments inside the Social, Revel’s smaller concert venue. Make it an auditorium for esports — competitive video-game tournaments where people would play on a big screen. Atlantic City could be ahead of Las Vegas instead of usually the other way around. On the rest of the casino floor space, I would place an indoor amusement park. Steel Pier is only open in the summertime.
— Vincent Jackson, General Assignments Reporter
I just miss Revel. I would love to see the resort and hotel open again, but this time with more affordable prices — not $15 for a house glass of wine. I would love to see a bigger focus on entertainment in the intimate concert venue this time around. The building had some great spots to hang out, especially near the hotel lobby. Straub, let’s stop with all these crazy ideas and just bring Revel back.
— Claire Lowe, Education Reporter
Plain and simple: Open it as a casino, hotel or anything. If it’s going to be open as a casino, please redesign it in line with traditional casino design.
— Nicholas Huba, Casino and Atlantic City Reporter