- Sands Atlantic City
The Sands Atlantic City was a
casinothat operated from August 1980 until November 11, 2006in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was formerly known as the Brighton Hotel & Casino. It consisted of a 21-story hotel tower with 532 rooms and a 5-story podium housingthe 57,045 ft2 casinoand its various other amenities.
At its peak, the
Sands headlined top entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Cher, Robin Williams, Gloria Estefanand Eddie Murphy. However, the Sandssoon became the smallest of Atlantic City's 12 casinos. In 1998, the Sands filed for bankruptcy. Two years later Carl Icahnpurchased controlling interest. Icahnsold the propertyto Pinnacle Entertainmentin 2006.
The building was imploded at 9:37 p.m Eastern Daylight Time on
October 18, 2007; the first-ever casino-hotel implosion on the East Coast. It was accompanied by a fireworks show and numerous parties along the boardwalk. This was the last casino in North America to bear the famous Sandsmoniker (albeit by naming rights). Coincidentally, it was demolished less than 24 hours after the death of the last surving member of the Rat Pack, comedian Joey Bishop.
* [http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=5713451 WPVI-TV/Action News implosion coverage]
* [http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/NEF02319102007-1.htm CNN Money]
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