Event Venues, Additions & Renovations in Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
are open for
business and operating at 100 percent capacity. Our Plan to Keep You
Safe outlines Meet AC's safety and health protocols.
• Meet AC offers a number of tools designed to help planners
and visitors become better acquainted with the destination and the CVB’s services. The Atlantic City virtual reality experience features two distinctly different virtual tours, Meetings
and Conventions and Destination. The Meetings and Conventions tour
spotlights everything planners and attendees need to know and see in Atlantic City. The Destination tour focuses on
special offerings provided by the destination’s hotels as well as information
on its beach, Boardwalk and shopping opportunities. A YouTube channel
features podcasts captured throughout the city, along with client
testimonials and behind-the-scenes footage of past events. Also
available are a meeting planning guide that contains specs for Atlantic City’s venues, a convention services kit, and an Atlantic City Convention Center event planning guide where planners can find information about holding future events at the venue.
Atlantic City Convention Center has been awarded
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification in
accordance with the LEED rating system developed by the U.S. Green Buildings
Council. In addition, the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan
Boardwalk Hall became New Jersey’s first Convention Center and Arena to achieve
STAR facility accreditation.
City’s steakhouse scene is sizzling even more with the opening of B-Prime
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Billed as a “modern, chic alternative to the
classic steakhouse," the restaurant serves steaks sourced from Japan, New
Jersey, Idaho, and Texas, along with local produce. Non-carnivores can enjoy fare including Dover sole Veronique, cauliflower steak, organic chicken with a
choice of sauces, and scallops. A large selection of raw-bar items is
• Ground has been broken for the 103,000-square-foot ISLAND Waterpark at Showboat Atlantic City. The indoor portion of the attraction will have a transparent, retractable roof and approximately 100,000 square feet of water slides, pools, and lazy rivers, plus food and beverage outlets, party rooms, lounge areas, and more. Outdoor features include an additional lazy river, an enclosed water slide, and a bar facility facing the Atlantic Ocean. A family entertainment center with an arcade and other games is also in the works for the waterpark. A state-of-the-art go-kart
racetrack has debuted at the resort's Lucky
Snake Entertainment Center. Featuring an “Escaping Las Vegas” theme, the
40,000-square-foot Raceway at the Lucky Snake is an experience for
drivers of all ages via custom electric go-karts manufactured in Italy. Drivers
can record their ride and upload the footage to social media using
4K cameras attached to their helmets, and spectators can view the action from elevated viewing areas.
• Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
has announced plans to reinvest a minimum of $20 million in capital
improvements to the property. Most of the investment has been earmarked
for a renovation of the casino resort’s 66 Celebrity and 25 Roxy suites.
Other enhancements include upgrades to the resort’s meeting and
convention space and indoor pool; the addition of gaming units in the
Asian and High Limit areas of the casino; and an expansion of the main
casino floor and cage areas to include new table games and slot
machines. Upgrades of the Hard Rock Beach Bar will involve the
construction of new restrooms and the addition of more than 1,000 beach
Sandpiper Coastal Bar & Grill is the newest
restaurant to join the resort's lineup of dining venues. The menu features an
eclectic seasonal fare designed for sharing.
• Bally’s Atlantic City has a new Carousel Bar—the first venue
of its kind in Atlantic City — that offers visitors 360-degree views of the property’s
casino and adjacent areas on a 24-seat platform that makes several
revolutions per hour. The menu of libations features modern craft cocktails inspired by Atlantic City, including the Merry Go Round
(lemon vodka, Hammonton blueberries, lemon bitters, and cotton candy cooler);
Shore Breeze (cucumber gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, and lemon tonic); Funnel
Cake Espresso Martini (vodka, espresso, house-selected coffee liquor, funnel
cake syrup, crème, espresso cocoa bean, and a powder dusting); and the Sea Spray
Spritz (prosecco, Blanco tequila, dry vermouth, passion fruit). Another new food and beverage outlet at the property is The
Yard. Open year-round, the beer garden-style
venue offers live entertainment, a "gastro pub" menu, a curated tap list
featuring brews from local and national brewers, and craft cocktails.
Lounge-style seating and ‘90s-themed outdoor games add to the atmosphere.
• Ocean Casino Resort
will debut a venue this summer that combines an elevated bar and lounge, table gaming and sports betting in one spot.
• Resorts Casino Hotel has reopened its rooftop pool, adding
a retractable roof that will enable the pool and pool deck to be used year-round. The enhancement will allow the space to be available for meetings and events. Other
new features added as part of the
renovation include a 12-seat, cabana-style bar, an upgraded fitness
center, and 100 new loungers for the pool enclosure and adjacent outdoor sun
• Caesars Entertainment has embarked on a project intended to
help propel the company toward its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by
100 percent before 2050. Included in the project are the installation of two solar canopies at
Caesars Atlantic City; two solar canopies, plus a rooftop system at Harrah’s
Resort Atlantic City, and a canopy at Tropicana Atlantic City. In addition to
generating clean energy, the canopies will provide shade to guest and staff
parking areas and reduce snow removal costs, while the rooftop system will
limit UV exposure to the roof, reducing cooling needs and extending its
lifespan. Slated for completion in late 2022, the installations are expected to
generate enough clean, renewable energy for the three properties each year to
avoid 8,144 tons of carbon dioxide annually and equivalent to removing 1,592
gas-powered cars from the road annually.
• In other news from Caesars Entertainment, the company has inked a
$75 million deal with entertainment conglomerate Spiegelworld
to create three new shows at its resorts in
Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. The Atlantic City portion of the
deal calls for Spiegelworld to refurbish and reopen the historic Warner
Theatre, a 4,300-seat showroom and movie palace located on the Boardwalk steps
from Caesars Atlantic City. Once considered
the crown jewel of Atlantic City, the theater—which is slated to make its debut
in early 2023—will retain its original, sweeping Spanish-Mediterranean façade. The company has pledged to spend $400 million on renovations at its three Atlantic City properties, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Tropicana Atlantic City,
by 2023. As part of the project, Caesars has partnered with Nobu
Hospitality to open a Nobu restaurant and turn several floors at Caesars
in to a Nobu Hotel; both are expected to debut in 2022. Another addition, set to open summer 2022, is Chef Gordon Ramsay's Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. The three-level
eatery will feature Ramsay’s signature classics, like beef Wellington, sticky
toffee pudding and the Smoke on the Boulevard cocktail, served in a lantern
adorned with dry ice. At Harrah's, the new
Burgers by Bobby Flay
The menu features classic burger options plus burgers with a
twist, such as the Bobby Blue & Bacon Burger topped with bleu cheese sauce
and bacon and the Nacho Burger with hot queso and jalapenos.
Eight new dining and entertainment concepts, along with
gaming enhancements, are on tap for Tropicana Atlantic City
starting this summer. Restaurant arrivals include the now-open Wild Honey
Smokehouse and Tavern, a 5,000-square-foot spot serving regional barbecue
specialties from across the U.S., and Ossu Japanese Tavern, billed as a “modern
Japanese tavern experience” focusing on small plates, yakitori, sushi, and
more. Later in the year, look for Hash House A Go Go, known for “twisted farm
food” and crafted cocktails with a Midwestern flair; Purple Zebra, a daiquiri
bar; Gin Rickey’s, a live music singalong bar with live entertainment; The
Royce Social Hall, “an American beer hall-meets-adult rec room;” Il Verdi, already
ranked as one of Atlantic City’s top restaurants and now in a new beachfront
location; and Hawthorne & Cork, an intimate, refined signature bar and
lounge serving bespoke cocktails, fine wines, and spirits. In gaming
enhancements, a Caesars Rewards experience center will combine digital and
in-person gaming, with tablets and a Caesars Sportsbook app center in a shared
space. Being added as well are 240 new games, with more than 200 new titles on
the gaming floor.
• Two local developers are in the process of purchasing The Madison Hotel Boardwalk Atlantic City, an historic property situated near the up-and-coming Orange Loop district. According to press reports, they plan to upgrade the 124-suite property and open in late May 2022.
• Work on Phase II of Stockton University’s residential expansion project is well underway and slated to wrap up by 2023. The project involves the construction of a six-story, 416-bed, 135,000-square-foot student residence hall at Atlantic and South Providence avenues, across from O’Donnell Memorial Park. Other accommodations and facilities at the university include the 533-bed Boardwalk residence hall and a three-story academic building that opened in fall 2018.
• A local development and investment firm has proposed to build The Cardinal Restaurant & Hotel on the site of a currently vacant building at
151 New York Avenue. The plans call for the construction of a five-story
building with 12 boutique hotel rooms, rooftop dining and a 300-seat restaurant.
Two iconic Atlantic City restaurants—the Knife & Fork Inn and Dock’s Oyster House have joined forces to introduce a Dougherty's Steakhouse & Raw Bar at Resorts Casino Hotel. The restaurant features a classic
steakhouse menu, a raw bar, and live entertainment.
• A honeybee colony has been installed on the roof at Tanger Outlets
Atlantic City in partnership with
social beekeeping company Alvéole. The latest extension of
Tanger Outlets’ commitment to environmental responsibility, the seasonal
program integrates sustainability practices locally and highlights the
importance of building back biodiversity within communities. As part of the program, the center hosts
educational bee workshops for visitors and retailers, with resident beekeeper
Allison Gratton providing a hands-on, interactive experience. Artisanal honey
produced by the bees is shared with the community.
• Trendy casual meets New York deli at Water Dog, the newest addition to the
restaurant lineup at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.
An eclectic mix of breakfast, lunch and dinner options including artisanal
bagels with house-smoked fish; stacked, New York-style sandwiches; lobster
rolls; Poke bowls, and truffle-grilled filet mignon. Libations include handcrafted cocktails,
local craft beers, bottomless Mimosas every morning, and Water Dog’s own
• The 23,100-square-foot Adrian Philips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall features a stage with a 48-foot proscenium opening, as well as an open-air loggia that overlooks the beach and Boardwalk. With a capacity ranging from 1,000 people in rounds to 3,200 in theater-style seating, the facility is suitable for a variety of functions, including theatrical events, concerts, galas and banquets.
• Hold your event in a tented space perched 1,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Reef Oasis at the Steel Pier serves a wide variety of fare, with catering packages that include everything from barbecue favorites, sliders, crab cakes and a clam bake to Italian specialties and freshly carved roast beef. Groups using the venue can also enjoy optional extras, like bonfires on the beach, assorted rides and amusements, and helicopter journeys.