Wildwood Center to Open in '98

WILDWOOD -- The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority broke ground on the 362,000-square-foot Convention and Civic Center here, scheduled to be completed in June 1998.

The beachfront meeting and entertainment facility will be constructed as a pier similar to the boardwalk's five amusement piers, extending 400 feet toward the ocean.

An exhibit hall, lobby areas and a ballroom will offer panoramic views of the beach, boardwalk and ocean.

The 15,000-square-foot ballroom will open onto a deck and a beach overlook that will serve as a stage for concerts and other entertainment.

Glass skylights will cover the enclosed boardwalk that will feature retail shops, entertainment venues and environmental exhibits.

The existing convention center will be closed once the new facility is opened.

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