Showboat Atlantic City
|Showboat Atlantic City|
View of Showboat from the boardwalk
|Location||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Opening date||April 2, 1987|
|Closing date||August 31, 2014|
|Number of rooms||1,331|
|Total gaming space||127,978 sq ft (11,889.5 m2))|
|Signature attractions||House of Blues|
|Owner||Richard Stockton College of New Jersey|
|Previous names||The Showboat Hotel & Casino|
|Renovated in||2003, 2007|
The Showboat Atlantic City was a hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It operated from 1987 to August 31, 2014. After its closure, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey purchased the complex to convert into a satellite campus.
On March 31, 1987, the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center opened with a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) casino and a 60-lane bowling alley, The complex was built on land leased from Resorts International, just north of the under-construction Resorts Taj Mahal. The grand opening ceremony featured Bob Hope and Al Hirt.
Steelman Partners completed a major renovation in 1995, creating a Mardi Gras theme.
In 1998, the property's parent company, Showboat Inc., was purchased by Harrah's Entertainment, now Caesars Entertainment.
With the popularity of bowling on the decline, the bowling alley was closed in 2001, and the space was used for a new buffet and a coffee shop.
In May 2003, the Showboat added a 544-room, $90 million hotel tower called the Orleans Tower. In 2007, the hotel remodeled its original tower, the Bourbon Tower.
Showboat was the first casino in Atlantic City to open a simulcast area. In the past decade, many improvements were made to the establishment, including a new hotel tower and a House of Blues on the boardwalk, along with a complete renovation of the boardwalk facade.
In June 2014, Caesars Entertainment announced the planned closure of the Showboat, even though the property was profitable. The move was made in an effort to stabilize Caesars's other Atlantic City casinos. After a buyer could not be found, the Showboat Casino and Hotel shuttered its doors for good suddenly on August 31, 2014, at approximately 4:00 PM. It employed 2,100 people, but 470 of them immediately got jobs at other Caesars casinos. According to the company, this number represents about half of those who applied for such positions. The shutdown came amid a wave of closures of Atlantic City properties, with five of the city's casinos expected to have closed by the end of the year. A regular Showboat customer from Demarest, NJ posted a sign on the doors as they were closed at 4pm on Sunday, August 31 saying: "Goodbye Showboat. Thank you Showboat employees. You're the best!! You deserved better!!"
On December 13, 2014, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey purchased the Showboat for $18 million, with plans to develop a full-service residential campus awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees and other professional training programs.
- Casa di Napoli
- Earl of Sandwich (restaurant)
- Foundation Room Dining
- French Quarter Buffet
- House of Blues
- Johnny Rockets
- Royal Noodle House
- Scarduzio's Steak - Sushi - Lounge
- Starbucks Coffee
- Worship Surf Bar
Showboat had a 3,500 sq.ft. spa, a fitness center, a pool and two gift shops. Prior to the addition to the House of Blues, shows were performed in two venues, either the Mardi Gras Showroom or Mississippi Pavilion. Bob Hope was the first headliner at the resort. Other headliners included Phyllis Diller, Charo, The Judds, Ray Charles, The Spinners, Jack Jones, Alan King and Willie Nelson. Smaller Las Vegas-style revue shows were also sporadically booked in the Mardi Gras Showroom. The opening of The House of Blues in 2005 saw the entertainment bookings ranging from Elvis Costello to the White Stripes to Erykah Badu.
- Property Record for 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
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