- Boardwalk Hall
name =Atlantic City Convention Hall
caption = Atlantic City Convention Hall
location= 2301 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
locmapin = New Jersey
lat_degrees = 39
lat_minutes = 21
lat_seconds = 18
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 74
long_minutes = 26
long_seconds = 19
long_direction = W
architect= Lockwood-Greene & Co.
February 27, 1987cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1982&ResourceType=Building
title=Atlantic City Convention Hall |accessdate=2007-10-13|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service]
February 27 1987cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
governing_body = Local
Boardwalk Hall, also known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall is an
arenawhich served as the primary convention centerin Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, until the 1997 opening of the Atlantic City Convention Center.
It was declared a
National Historic Landmarkin 1987.citation|title=PDFlink| [http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/87000814.pdf National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Atlantic City Convention Hall] |735 KiB |date=1985-06-17|author=James H. Charleton |publisher=National Park Service and PDFlink| [http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Photos/87000814.pdf Accompanying 12 photos, exterior and interior, from 1977, 1985 and undated.] |1.49 MiB ]
Boardwalk Hall played host to the
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies ice hockeyteam from 2001-2005, and the Atlantic City CardSharksin 2004. The arena seats 10,500 people for hockey, and can accommodate over 17,000 for concerts. It was the regular venue of the Miss AmericaPageant until 2004, and hosted the WWF's WrestleMania IVand V in 1988 and 1989 (although on camera it was referred to as 'Trump Plaza' as the casino hotel was the primary sponsor.) Many WWE shows have also been held with both WWE Rawand Smackdown making appearances. Boardwalk Hall has been home to many boxing events as well. In September 2007, Boardwalk Hall hosted the Kelly Pavlik- Jermain Taylorboxing match for the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization, and Ring Magazine middleweightchampionships. The Atlantic 10 Conferenceheld its 2007 and 2008 men’s basketball championships there, and will return in 2009. The NJSIAAuses Boardwalk Hall annually to host the individual state finals of its wrestling tournament.
In 2001, the Boardwalk Hall's $90 million renovation was unveiled to the public. The restoration received many awards, including the "2003 National Preservation Award", "Building Magazine's 2002 Modernization Award", and "
Billboard magazine" recognized Boardwalk Hall as the top grossing mid-sized arena in the United States in 2003 and 2004.
It was also the host of the
1964 Democratic National Conventionthat nominated Lyndon Baines Johnsonfor President, nine months after the assassination of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy. The following week, thousands of screaming rock fans packed the Hall for one of The Beatleslargest concerts in their first American tour. The arena was also the spot of a classic and widely boot-legged Rolling Stonesconcert in 1989. The concert which was shown on Pay-per-viewtelevision was widely remembered by fans for a mishap where viewers were cut off from the performance during the song Satisfaction. It was also the venue of the former Boardwalk Bowl college footballgame in the 1960s and 70s, and the 1964 Liberty Bowl, the first major college bowl game played indoors and the first indoor football game telecast nationwide in the United States. In 1996, Boardwalk Hall saw the United Statesbeat Spain5-0 in Fed Cup(Women's version of Davis Cup) and saw Monica Seles's return following her 1993 stabbing.
Built in 1929, it became the home of the world's largest pipe organ, the Main Auditorium Organ, as listed in the
Guinness Book of World Records. However, due to a lack of stewardship, the condition of the organ was allowed to deteriorate and is no longer fully functional. A restoration program is currently underway. The Midmer-Losh organ has around 33,000 pipes and requires around convert|600|hp of blowers to operate.
Boardwalk Hall's Ballroom has the world's largest theater pipe organ, originally installed to accompany silent movies. ACCHOS has received a grant from the federal "Save America's Treasures" program to help restore the Ballroom organ, which was severely damaged during the renovation of Boardwalk hall.The Main Auditorium organ also sustained damage partly due to dust due to the renovation.
The ACCHOS (Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society) web site has sound samples and several images, along with a stop list and more information about the organs that Boardwalk hall houses.They are currently accepting donations to help with the very expensive restoration of both organs.
The Boardwalk Hall is adjacent to the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.
years= 1921 – 2004
after=Planet Hollywood Theatresuccession box
title=Home of the
John F. Kennedy Stadium
Liberty Bowl Stadiumsuccession box
title = Host of the
Democratic National Convention
years = 1964
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
External links and sources
* [http://www.boardwalkhall.com/index.asp Boardwark Hall]
* [http://www.acchos.org/ Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society]
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