ATLANTIC CITY — The city will get a prime-time spotlight on New Year’s Eve.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced Tuesday a concert, which will feature a yet-to-be-named major act, will be held at Boardwalk Hall on the last day of the year. The Dec. 31 show will be tied in to dick clark production’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on ABC, said Bob Mulcahy, authority chairman.
“We allocated a certain amount of money for beach concerts this year, and two of them didn’t take place,” Mulcahy said. “We had talked to dick clark productions about a connection to their New Years Rockin’ Eve show, and we were able to do this.”
Earlier this year, the authority approved a three-year, $6 million agreement with Live Nation to bring at least six beach concerts or events that attract 30,000 attendees or more to Atlantic City during this and the next two summers.
Live Nation said about 20,000 tickets to the Zac Brown Band earlier this month were sold or given out, while 25,000 people were estimated at the Jimmy Buffet show in mid-August. Florida Georgia Line and Blink-182 concerts were scheduled for Labor Day weekend, but those shows were canceled due to Tropical Storm Hermine. Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue will wrap up the series Thursday.
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Portions of the stage were removed in preparation for the expected storm, but the main portion of the state remained up and will do so until the final concert.
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve show will be sold by Live Nation, Mulcahy said.
The authority’s board of directors approved a resolution using the money left over from the two canceled beach concerts toward the New Year’s Eve show. Each of the shows was allocated approximately $325,000, Mulcahy said.
“We still had money available because the two concerts didn’t take place,” he said.