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