Atlantic City Convention Center

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Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City Convention Center (logo).gif
Address One Convention Blvd
Location Atlantic City, New Jersey
Coordinates 39°21′48″N 74°26′21″W / 39.36340°N 74.43911°W / 39.36340; -74.43911Coordinates: 39°21′48″N 74°26′21″W / 39.36340°N 74.43911°W / 39.36340; -74.43911
Owner New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
Operator Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
Spectra
Opened May 1, 1997
Construction cost
$268 million
Enclosed space
 • Total space 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2)
Parking 1000 spaces
Public transit access Atlantic City Rail Terminal
Website
Atlantic City Convention Center

The Atlantic City Convention Center is a large convention center located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Opened in 1997, the center includes 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of showroom space, 5 exhibit halls, 45 meeting rooms with 109,000 sq ft (10,100 m2) of space, a garage with 1,400 parking spaces, and an adjacent Sheraton hotel.

History[edit]

The Atlantic City Convention Center during the annual Power Boat Show

The Center was developed as a part of the city's gateway redevelopment project, which also included Tanger Outlets The Walk and the Grand Boulevard. The building opened with a connected Sheraton hotel.

The building was constructed in its original design by Philadelphia green city planning firm WRT (Wallace, Roberts and Todd)[1] by its senior architect at the time, the principal, and partner, Gilbert Rosenthal, AIA, to reflect its location, featuring wave-inspired carpets and a Rock Bar themed to the beach. The main lobby is contained within an atrium lit by 90 ft. high skylights.

Between the convention center and the Sheraton Hotel is a landscaped garden with an interactive bronze statue of Bert Parks holding a crown. When a visitor puts their head inside the crown and taps it, sensors activate a recorded playback of Parks singing "There She Is..." through speakers hidden behind nearby bushes.[2]

Other facilities[edit]

The Center is connected to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal, containing New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Line to Philadelphia.

Change of ownership[edit]

The center is in the process of being transferred from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to the Atlantic City Casino Reinvestment & Development Authority, who will own and operate the convention center.

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