ATLANTIC CITY, NJ: On Wednesday morning, a place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where movie stars, athletes, and rock stars partied – and a future president honed his instincts for bravery and hype – will be reduced to a smoking heap of rubble.

The former Trump Plaza Casino is set to implode after being so dilapidated that parts of the building peel off and fall to the ground.

And the one-time jewel of former President Donald Trump’s casino empire will have disappeared, paving the way for a prime development opportunity in the middle of the Boardwalk, where the plaza was once marketed as the “heart of Atlantic City”.

“The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world has been really amazing,” said Bernie Dillon, the casino’s events manager from 1984 to 1991. “Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the full range of personalities. The night before a Tyson fight, I paused and looked about four rows in as the place filled and there were two men leaning closely together and having a private chat Led: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. ”

“It was very similar: you had Madonna and Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah was in the ring with Donald,” he recalled. “It was a special time. I’m sorry it came to this.”

But go, it will be 9 o’clock on Wednesday. Demolition teams have positioned explosives at strategic points along the building’s support structures to knock the legs out from underneath and bring the building on top of itself, with the rubble falling in a slightly north-northeast direction, fire chief Scott Evans said.

“It will collapse like a deck of cards,” he said.

Although the former president built it, the building is now owned by another billionaire, Carl Icahn, who acquired the two remaining Trump casinos in 2016 from the last of their many bankruptcies.

Mayor Marty Small suggested using the demolition as a fundraiser for the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and started an auction for the right to push the button that would collapse the structure.


File photo from February 2021: The former Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the day before the main left tower was supposed to implode.

But Icahn – a donor and former Trump special economic advisor – turned down safety and liability issues and caused the auction house to stop bidding. Icahn said he would replace the $ 175,000 that had already been offered with his own money.

Trump Plaza opened in 1984 when Trump was a real estate developer in his pre-political days. It was the most successful casino in Atlantic City for a while. It was the place where mega events like a Mike Tyson boxing match or a Rolling Stones concert took place next door in Boardwalk Hall.

Ron Gatewood, a food and drink worker at Trump Plaza from 1986 until it closed in 2014, brought food and drink to stars like Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Barry White in their hotel rooms.

“They were very down to earth people,” Gatewood recalled. “They never made you feel less than. They tilted very well. Well, some did anyway.”

The casino even had a cameo in the movie “Ocean’s Eleven”. When George Clooney and Brad Pitt were recruiting actor Bernie Mac’s character to help in a raid on a Las Vegas casino, they plucked him from Trump Plaza, where he was a dealer.

Bob McDevitt, president of the major casino workers union, said the place oozed glamor and excitement when it opened.

“When there was a Tyson fight, it was like New Years Eve all over town, massive traffic jams,” he said.

But things slowly turned bad for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990. The debt burden pushed the company to pour most of its resources – and cash – into the shiny new hotel and casino.

“The moment the Taj Mahal opened, the plaza began to decline,” said McDevitt. “To make sure the Taj Mahal was a success, they shipped all the high rollers from Trump Plaza and Trump’s Castle to the Taj and really didn’t invest much in the plaza.”

The Trump Taj Mahal, one of the casinos acquired by Icahn, has since reopened as Hard Rock under new ownership.

Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to shut down in 2014, falling victim to an oversaturated casino market in both New Jersey City and the greater Northeast. There were 12 casinos in early 2014. it’s nine now.

At the time of closure, Trump Plaza was the worst performing casino in Atlantic City, raising as much money from players in 8 1/2 months as the market leading Borgata did every two weeks.

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Reverse sexism

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Clean bowling

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No immunity

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