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Boardwalk Hall
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall
Boardwalk Hall is located in New Jersey
Location: 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates: 39°21′18″N 74°26′19″W / 39.355°N 74.43861°W / 39.355; -74.43861Coordinates: 39°21′18″N 74°26′19″W / 39.355°N 74.43861°W / 39.355; -74.43861
Built/Founded: 1926
Architect: Lockwood-Greene & Co.
Governing body: Local
Added to NRHP: February 27, 1987[1]
Designated NHL: February 27, 1987[2]
NRHP Reference#: 87000814

Boardwalk Hall, formally known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, is an arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It was Atlantic City's primary convention center until the opening of the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1997.

It was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987.[2][3]

The venue seats 10,500 people for ice hockey, and can accommodate over 17,000 for concerts.



The hall, designed by the architectural firm Lockwood Greene, was built in 1926.

Various uses

The Miss America pageant, a competition which awards scholarships to young women and was founded in 1921 in Atlantic City, used Boardwalk Hall from the hall's opening until 2004.

It was also the venue for the August 1964 Democratic National Convention that nominated U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson as the Democratic Party's candidate for the 1964 U.S. presidential election, nine months after the assassination of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy, in November 1963.

The following week, The Beatles held one of their largest concerts on their first U.S. tour at the hall.

The hall was also the venue for the classic (and widely bootleg recorded[citation needed]) concert by The Rolling Stones in 1989. The concert, which was shown on pay-per-view television, is widely remembered by fans for a mishap where viewers were cut off from the performance during the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".

Sporting events


Liberty Bowl

In 1959, A.F. “Bud” Dudley, a former Villanova University athletic-director, created the Liberty Bowl, an annual post-season college-football bowl game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The game was played at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, but as the only cold-weather bowl game, it was plagued by poor attendance. Atlantic City convinced Dudley to move his game from Philadelphia to Boardwalk Hall for 1964 and guaranteed Dudley US$25,000.

It was the first bowl game played indoors and was also the first indoor football game broadcast nationwide on U.S. television.

Since artificial turf was still in its developmental stages and was unavailable for the game, the hall was equipped with a four-inch-thick grass surface with two inches of burlap underneath it (as padding) on top of cement. To keep the grass growing, artificial lighting was installed and kept on twenty-four hours a day. The entire process cost about $16,000. End-zones were only eight-yards long instead of the usual ten yards.

6,059 fans saw the Utah Utes rout the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Dudley was paid $25,000 from Atlantic City businessmen, $60,000 from ticket sales, and $95,000 from television revenues, for a $10,000 net profit.[4]

Other sporting events

Boardwalk Hall was also the venue of the former Boardwalk Bowl post-season college-football games from 1961 to 1973.

In 1996, the hall was used for the women's tennis Fed Cup during which the U.S. beat Spain 5-0 in the Fed Cup women's tennis. This event was Monica Seles's return to tennis following her 1993 stabbing.

It played host to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, an ice-hockey team, from 2001-2005, and the Atlantic City CardSharks, a professional, indoor-football team, in 2004.

It hosted the World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania IV and V in 1988 and 1989, respectively, although on the television coverage it was referred to as "Trump Plaza" because the adjacent casino hotel was the primary sponsor.[citation needed] Many WWE shows have also been held with both WWE Raw and WWE Friday Night SmackDown making appearances.

Boardwalk Hall has been home to many boxing events as well. In September 2007, it was the venue for the Kelly Pavlik - Jermain Taylor boxing match for the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization and The Ring magazine's middleweight championships.

The PBR hosted a Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event at Boardwalk Hall during the 2003 season.

Since 2007, the Atlantic 10 Conference has held its men's basketball championships at Boardwalk Hall and will continue in 2010.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association uses the hall to host the annual individual state wrestling tournament.

Pipe Organ

When 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. The Midmer-Losh-manufactured organ has approximately 33,000 pipes and requires approximately 600 horsepower (450 kW) of blowers to operate. However, the condition of the organ was allowed to deteriorate and is no longer fully functional. Dust from the hall's renovation has also been problematic.

Boardwalk Hall's attached ballroom has a 55-rank theater/concert pipe organ — originally installed to accompany silent movies — which was severely damaged during the hall's renovation.

Restoration efforts are underway, overseen by the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society and are funded by private donations and federal Save America's Treasures grants.

2001 Restoration and awards

A $90-million restoration was completed in 2001 and received several awards, including the 2003 National Preservation Award and Building magazine's 2002 Modernization Award.

Other awards

Billboard magazine recognized Boardwalk Hall as the top-grossing mid-sized arena in the U.S. in 2003 and 2004.

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Atlantic City Convention Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  3. ^ James H. Charleton (1985-06-17), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Atlantic City Convention Hall, National Park Service  and Accompanying 12 photos, exterior and interior, from 1977, 1985 and undated.PDF (2.75 MB)
  4. ^ Antonick, John (2005-06-22). "Unique Game". West Virginia Mountaineers ( Retrieved 2009-04-26. 

External links and sources

Preceded by
Miss America Venue
1921 – 2004
Succeeded by
Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise (Las Vegas Strip), Nevada
Preceded by
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home of the
Liberty Bowl

Succeeded by
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Host of the
Democratic National Convention

Succeeded by
International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois


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