Atlantic City Convention Center Schedules Opening for May 1


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ATLANTIC CITY -- The grand opening of the Atlantic City Convention Center is set for May 1.

"Atlantic City is poised to become the destination of choice for convention and leisure travelers," said Mark Juliano, chairman of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

"The grand opening will serve as a launching pad for the rebirth of this community."

The facility will anchor Atlantic City's current $7 billion redevelopment.

Future citywide enhancements include 18,000 new hotel rooms, six new casino resorts, new attractions, major transportation projects and an overall beautification effort.

Local residents are enthusiastic about the resurgence of Atlantic City tourism.

Volunteers will act as ambassadors and guides for guests, and a series of community task forces will ensure that civic, government, business and hospitality interests are well represented.

Highlights of the grand opening will include a presentation of more than 200 exhibitors featuring New Jersey; professional entertainers on two stages; a job fair focusing on employment opportunities created by the resort's redevelopment, and appearances by local sports celebrities.

More than 20,000 attendees from New Jersey and neighboring states are expected to attend the opening.

The new center has more than enough space to accommodate them.

According to the ACC&VA, the $268 million facility will have more exhibit space available on one floor than any convention center from Atlanta to Boston.

The 500,000-square-foot exhibition floor (equaling the length of six football fields and the width of two) will feature state-of-the-art video and data communications technology.

Forty-five additional meeting rooms are located on the second level.

A 70-foot-high, skylit atrium courtyard is the entranceway to the center's exhibit halls, restaurants, bars and cafeterias as well as to the adjoining Atlantic City Rail Terminal.

The building is served by 29 covered loading docks.

A pedestrian bridge links the facility to its headquarters hotel, scheduled to open at the end of this year.

The $87 million ITT Sheraton property will feature 500 rooms, meeting spaces, a lounge and a full-service restaurant.

The hotel also will be the new home of the Miss America Organization.

For more information on the Atlantic City Convention Center and its grand opening events, call (888) 66-NJ-YES.

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