||An article in the June 9, 1910 Atlantic City Evening Union revealed that Councilman Victor Freisinger advocated "We must have a convention hall here…the resort needs some such institution in order to keep abreast of the growing demands of national bodies which meet in annual convention, and will urge the importance of the scheme for a convention hall as long as there is any possibility of its becoming a reality."
Local architect Seward G. Dobbins presented a proposal to the City to purchase land and construct an exhibition hall with adjoining apartments and retail stores on a site that would eventually be known for a short time as Rendezvous Park. The purpose of the building was to position Atlantic City as a major convention city and develop a year round industry.
In November, Mayor Edward L. Bader initiated a public referendum during the generalelection at which time residents approved the construction of a Convention Center. The city passed an ordinance approving a bond issue for $1.5 million to be used for thepurchase of Rendezvous Park, finalized September 30, 1924. Rendezvous Park, anamusement playground, was considered a desirable site as it was situated between theReading and Pennsylvania Railways and centrally located among the resort hotels.
Final plans for the building, submitted by architects Lockwood, Greene and Co. of Boston, were accepted on July 15. M.B. Markland Co. demolished the buildings on the Rendezvous Park site and became General Contractor for the new project.
The new Convention Hall was dedicated on May 31, replacing a temporary exhibit hall located on the beach next to Million Dollar Pier. United States Vice President Charles Curtis gave the dedicatory address at 10:00 p.m. In addition to the Vice President, speeches were made by Sir Esme Howard, British Ambassador, U. S. Senators Walter E. edge and Hamilton F. Kean. U. S. Representative Isaac Bacharach, New Jersey Governor Morgan F. Larson, and Atlantic City Mayor Anthony M. Ruffu.
An estimated 30,000 people attended the three-day opening ceremonies, which also marked two other significant occasions: the city's 75th anniversary and an international celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison. Offshore, the battleship USS Wyoming, flagship of the U.S. fleet, fired her 16-inch guns. Overhead, the dirigible Los Angeles sounded an alarm that triggered an "electrical ear" on the ground at the Auditorium that automatically activated Convention Hall's dramatic exterior illumination. An elaborate Inaugural Ball attracted a national and international delegation, and flags of each foreign nation in attendance were unfurled within the Auditorium. Carved in the Indiana limestone above the building's Boardwalk façade was the testimonial that summarized the building's purpose: "A permanent monument, conceived as a tribute to the ideals of Atlantic City, built by its citizens and dedicated to recreation, social progress and industrial achievements." Flanking this statement on the front of the two towers is the following: "Festivities, Music, Pageantry, Drama, Athletics, Education, Science, Conventions, Art, Industry" and the Latin phrase "Consilio Et Prudentia", or Council and Prudence.
The final cost of the project was $15 million. Constructed on seven acres of concrete, the building, a modern adaptation of the Romanesque period, was the largest auditorium in the world built without roof posts or pillars, and was heralded for its architectural and engineering achievements. The arched roof at 137 feet high and lacking supporting columns, maintained its structural integrity though 10 pairs of three-hinged steel trusses, each spanning 350 feet and weighing 220 tons per pair. The trusses were tied to the frame columns to allow the building to flex with wind and ground pressure. The arena floor measured 310 feet by 456 feet.
The building offered 268,000 square feet of exhibit space, 20 conference rooms, two bath houses, and housed the world's largest switchboard.
The proscenium stage, measuring 110 feet wide, 85 feet deep and 165 feet between the wings, was proclaimed the largest in the world. Atop the stage, the colorful globe bearing the initials WPG (World's Playground) advertised the city's first radio station, broadcast from the Hall.
A 5,000-seat Ballroom was also constructed at that time. Overlooking the ocean just above the Arcade, the Ballroom would later be named for the city's longtime tourism advocate and goodwill ambassador, Adrian Phillips.
The building's main auditorium housed the world's largest pipe organ, with more than 33,000 pipes ranging in size from three-sixteenths of an inch to 64 feet in length. It had two consoles; one with seven manuals (keyboards) and a portable one with five manuals. The pipes were located in eight chambers arranged in opposite pairs on the left and right sides of the auditorium to a give a "surround sound" configuration. The instrument was built by the Midmer-Losh Company of Merrick, Long Island, to designs by New Jersey State Senator Emerson L. Richards, a noted world authority of organ design and construction. The organ was installed between 1929 and 1932. In the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, there is a four manual, 55-rank organ by the W.W. Kimball Company of Chicago. Its stops include both classical and theatre organ voices, and is one of the few remaining examples of its type in the world. It was installed in 1929 and was also designed by Senator Richards. Today, a Capital Campaign is under development to provide funding for restoration of these two organs. Details about both instruments, including stop lists and photographs, can be found on the Internet at www.acchos.org
Important events during the first year of operation included:
The first major musical, "Here and There", from July 20 through September 1.
The first boxing match July 26.
The New Jersey State Teachers Association met November 9 through 12.
The first ice hockey event, Ottawa vs. the New York Rangers, played December 28.
Several notable milestones were celebrated during the first full year of operation, including:
The Atlantic City Seagulls hockey team's inaugural season. They faced off against the Pennsylvania Athletic Club on February 7.
The first wrestling match, presented September 1
The first annual Flower Show, held from September 9-14.
The nation's first indoor nighttime college football game, played in the Hall on October 25, between Lafayette University and Washington Jefferson University.
Motorcycle polo, presented on November 2 between the Atlantic City and Philadelphia motorcycle clubs.
The first polo competition on horseback November 27; 112th Field Artillery vs. Princeton U. ROTC.
Significant events included:
The first indoor tennis tournament, Atlantic City vs. Pennsylvania Athletic Club.
The first auto show February 7 through 14.
The first major boxing match, Glick vs. Hays, June 3.
Notable events included:
The playing of the Midmer-Losh organ for the first time on May 11.
The first indoor bicycle races July 3-10.
First horse show and jousting exhibition
On July 21 and 23, the first of several summer Lacrosse games were played in the Hall. The home team, The Americans played the New York Giants, Canadians, Buffalo, the Tecumsahs, Baltimore and All-Stars.
On March 1, the Seagulls hockey team played the New York Rangers before the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game. A crowd of 22,157 people turned out for the benefit, bearing groceries and store orders for food, clothing and fuel in lieu of an admission charge. All items were turned over to the A.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross. The pro team Rangers defeated the amateur league Sea Gulls 6 -2.
The first circus was held July 10-13 at the Shrine Convention, Red Skelton was master of ceremonies for the first Walkathon, and the Miss America Pageant was presented in Convention Hall for the first time September 6-9. Fifteen-and-a-half year old Marion Bergeron from Connecticut was the winner.
Pari-mutuel dog racing was offered from June 28 through September 9.
Notable events included the first Fencing Tournament June 18 and 19, the appearance of the Duke Ellington Orchestra August 19, the first auto thrill show May 27-29, and a longtime series of midget auto races that began September 9.
The Miss America Pageant returned to the building after previous competitions in other city venues. Miss Frances Burke of Philadelphia was crowned on September 7.
The Ice Capades made their first annual summer appearances at Convention Hall from July 25 through August 31, and Marion Anderson gave a concert August 16.
Notable events included the first symphony orchestra concert June 29 and the occupation of the building by the Armed Forces. From July 1942 until November 16, 1945 the Army Air Forces used Convention Hall as a headquarters and training facility during World War II. Through 1945, tens of thousands of Army Air Force soldiers were prepared for service. No other major events in the Hall were scheduled during this three year period.
On November 20, the Atlantic City Senators Professional Basketball Club played their inaugural game in the facility.
Three world-famous orchestras entertained thousands in Atlantic City; Louie Armstrong on April 13, Woody Herman April 16 and Count Basie on May 4. The Miss America Pageant made the Hall its permanent home. On September 7, Marilyn Buferd of Los Angeles, CA was crowned by Bess Meyerson, Miss America 1945.
The first bowling competitions were held in the Hall from February 12 through April 9 sponsored by the American Bowling Congress. In June, the nation's first-ever televised color surgery was shown in Convention Hall. A live surgical procedure, performed at the nearby Atlantic City Medical Center, was transmitted in color on 20 television sets to thousands of physicians attending the annual American Medical Association meeting.
On December 26, the Harlem Globetrotters played in Convention Hall for the first time. Two days later, college basketball competition was presented at the Center when LaSalle played Idaho. Seagulls hockey player Art Dorrington became the first African-American to play professional hockey in the United States.
The Seagulls played their final hockey game on March 15 against the New York Rovers.
The City celebrated its Centennial anniversary at a Convention Hall gala.
A $3.5 million renovation project brought new materials and technologies to the original structure designed to improve operating efficiencies and create additional exhibition space. Improvements included the demolition of the Boardwalk Arcade and remodeling of the main entrance to add 15,000 square feet of usable space. The driveway under the Boardwalk was constructed to better accommodate buses and cars, and reversible escalators were installed from the lower Lobby to the main floor and up to the Ballroom level. Windows between the Ballroom and Loggia were filled in with concrete masonry and the stage extended. The lobby and box office were reconfigured and faced with Venetian mosaic tile. New office space was added and existing meeting rooms enlarged. A new marquee was installed over the Boardwalk entrance. The project architect was Carroll Grisdale & Van Alen Architects of Philadelphia. Project engineer was Day & Zimmermann, Inc. Engineers of Philadelphia. On August 10, Leonard Bernstein conducted a symphony orchestra concert.
The Judy Garland Show was presented at Convention Hall August 4 and September 3. The Boardwalk Bowl marked the first college football game to be played in the building since before World War II. Pennsylvania Military College defeated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy of King's Point, N.Y. 35-14.
On December 7, Joey Giardelli defeated Dick Tiger for the WBC and WBA Middle- weight Title. Giardelli won via a decision in the 15th round before 11,793 fans.
From August 24-28, Convention Hall housed more than 20,000 visitors to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, the setting of Lyndon Johnson's nomination. Seeking representation for African Americans at the Convention was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and members of the Mississippi Freedom Delegation, led by activist Fanny Lou Hamer. Ms. Hamer's moving testimony about poor voting conditions was nationally televised and was partially responsible for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a major achievement of the civil rights movement. Prior to the Convention, the city spent $2.5 million to install air conditioning in the building, making it the largest space ever to be air-conditioned at the time.
Other important events included:
The Beatles sole Atlantic City appearance at Convention Hall on August 30. More than 19,000 fans attended the concert. After the show, the Beatles were spirited out of the Hall in a laundry truck, as leaving by limousine would have been impossible.
The first sanctioned indoor college bowl game December 19, featuring the University of West Virginia and Utah.
||Noted events included:
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) basketball tournament in March, a tradition that would continue for several years.
The first polo competition on horseback November 27; 112th Field Artillery vs. Princeton U. ROTC.
Women's Basketball Association competition April 1-3.
Concerts by three of the most popular recording artists of the time: James Brown on July 2, Ray Charles on July 23 and the Beach Boys July 30.
Construction began on a one-story, 181,000 square foot exhibition space west of the original building. The 7.5 acre addition would cost $13 million and increased the facility's total exhibition space to 454,000 square feet, the largest in the Eastern United States. The project was completed in 1971.
At the dedication of West Hall on November 21, a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter made the Nation's first indoor helicopter flight when it was flown around the inside of the 13 story-high main auditorium. Miss America 1971, Phyllis George, accompanied the pilot during the celebration.
Doc Severinson played at the Hall August 27 and teen idol David Cassidy performed on September 2.
On December 1, the West Hall was rededicated and named Stetson Hall, in honor of the late Convention Bureau President Wayne W. Stetson. Performers that year included pianists Victor Borge and Van Cliburn.
A Johnny Mathis concert was presented May 25, and the first International Karate Championship held July 27.
The Royal Lipizzaner Stallions performed October 5.
Marvin Gaye performed in the East Hall July 4.
The Cincinnati Ballet performed the first ballet in the building on February 19. The Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe followed May 28.
Important events included:
The first Atlantic City Archery Tournament was presented on April 15.
First Antiques and Collectibles Show, June 1 through 3. This event would eventually grow into the world's largest antique show.
Frank Sinatra played to a sold-out crowd on October 29.
A new Olympic-sized ice-skating rink was installed.
The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed on November 11.
Opera great Beverly Sills performed La Traviata in the Ballroom on May 8.
Notable events included:
The first gymnastics competition in the building March 13; U.S.A. vs. East Germany National Teams.
"The world's largest birthday cake", exhibited on the 4th of July in association with Atlantic Community College.
Two major league exhibition games were presented in the fall; the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers played against the New York Rangers October 3.
On October 9, the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers played against the New Jersey Nets
Kenny Rogers appeared in concert November 30.
The International Equestrian Festival was held December 8 through 11.
The creation of the Atlantic City Convention Center Authority in December.
The Hall was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Ozzy Osbourne appeared in concert April 2, and the Atlantic County Improvement Authority purchased the East Hall December 1.
A second major renovation project, "Renaissance II", was initiated by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority on May 30 to further upgrade the Hall. The $23 million plan was designed by architects Cambridge Seven of Massachusetts and Benjamin E. Brewer. Jr. and overseen by the Perini Corporation of Framingham, Massachusetts and General Contractor Hall Construction Co. Inc. of Wall, New Jersey. The original building façade of the Arcade was re-opened on the Boardwalk level, new offices and four new meeting rooms were added, and existing meeting rooms refurbished. The main lobby received a new registration area, lounge and new interior finishes. Within the lobby, two large historic photographic murals depicting Boardwalk scenes from the 1930s and '40s were created. Balcony seating, railings and access ways were refurbished.
The Ballroom was completely renovated with seating for 3,600, new audio/visual systems and stage facilities installed, and the windows overlooking the ocean reopened. The entrance Lobby and Vestibule were remodeled, and the Auditorium walls repainted. In the lower Lobby, new vehicular passenger drop-offs and foyer entries were created. On the building's exterior, the marquee was removed and new lantern-style lights and tracer beams installed. Work on the Hall was completed in April, 1986.
Notable events included concerts by The Police on February 7, Neil Diamond on June 16, 17 and 18, and the Olympic Gymnastic Trials June 16 and 17.
Important events of 1985 included:
Luciano Pavarotti and Dame Joan Sutherland concert performance with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra March 30.
"The Challenge" Tennis Match. Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver defeated Bobby Riggs and Vitas Gerulaitis in a double match set.
Legendary entertainer Bob Hope performed on November 23.
More than 1,000 meeting planners, local, state and federal dignitaries turned out on April 11 upon the completion of the renovation. During the ceremony, the building was rededicated as the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Monkees performed in a concert on September 27.
Boardwalk Hall was listed on the United State Register of Historic Places as a national Historic Landmark on February 27.
Mike Tyson defeated Larry Holmes on January 22 in a title fight. On June 27, Tyson KO'd Michael Spinks 1:31 into the first round for the WBC, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Title. 21,785 fans attended the event.
On December 10, Kansas defeated Temple University in college hoops action, 95-78.
The Rolling Stones brought their Steel Wheels concert to Atlantic City December 17, 19 and 20. Wrestlemania V was presented on April 2.
On January 6 North Carolina State defeated Temple University 74-71 in college basketball.
Moscow on Ice presented July 19-29.
On May 10, during National Tourism Week, the Ballroom was rededicated as the Adrian Phillips Ballroom.
Notable events included:
Masters Soccer , Argentina vs. Brazil, March 28.
Finals for "American Gladiators" on May 3.
Internationally acclaimed tenor Luciano Pavarotti returned to the Convention Center on June 27.
Star Trek Convention November 21-22.
In November, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority assumed ownership of the facility.
The building was listed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places March 2.
NJSIAA High School Wrestling Championships March 12-13.
WWF Wrestling June 30.
Kenny Rogers appeared in concert August 4-6
The Black College Basketball Classic took place December 17-19.
Notable events included:
A Paul Anka concert on January 15.
Disney's World on Ice February 25-27.
Aretha Franklin in concert on March 5.
The first Kid's Fair March 13.
Faith Hill and Bill Dean in concert June 10.
Patty Loveless in concert July 17.
Muhammed's Holy Temple of Islam with Minister Louis Farrakhan September 29.
Tennis champion Monica Seles make her professional return to tennis on July 29 in an exhibition game against Martina Navratilova entitled "Return of The Champions". World Championship Rodeo was presented June 30-July 2.
Notable events included:
The last indoor football games played inside the building on a regulation-sized field. On September 21, North Carolina Central University defeated Delaware State University 21-16, and Bowie State University defeated Cheyney University 10-9.
The 1996 Federation Cup Finals for Women's Tennis, which featured U.S.A. vs. Spain, was contested September 28 and 29.
Two college basketball games were contested on December 7. Temple defeated Georgia Tech 76-58 and St. Josephs defeated Tulsa 67-64.
Skating Romance II starring Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan July 20
Mandy Patinkin performance July 29
Fleetwood Mac reunion concert tour November 29.
NJSIAA Championship wrestling and basketball, March 13-15.
Rugrats July 3-5.
WWF Wrestling July 11.
Striking NBA all-star athletes played a charity exhibition entitled "The Game" on December 19. This was the last major event produced in the building prior to the $90 million renovation project. Workers began the erection of the scaffolding for the ceiling renovation just before the end of 1998.
Miss America Pageant, September 18. The preliminaries and pageant were held successfully when construction was temporarily halted.
Miss America Pageant, September 22
Philippine singer Jessa Zaragoza in concert in the Ballroom October 6.
Grand re-opening of Boardwalk Hall, October 11. Four days of events celebrated the re-opening of Boardwalk Hall following the $90 million renovation and restoration project. A patriotic salute to America and her heroes, featuring a revue-style menu of entertainment and Medal of Honor recipients, was held on Thursday, October 11. On Friday, October 12, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies ECHL hockey team won their inaugural game against West Virginia's Wheeling Nailers. Superstar wrestlers took to the ring Saturday, October 13, when the WWF crashed, rocked and slammed Boardwalk Hall after a three year absence, and the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions pranced before the crowd on Family Day, Sunday, October 14. Local residents were treated to free building tours and the men and women from the various trades who worked in the building during the renovation were recognized during Labor Appreciation Day.
On December 1, Britney Spears, presented by Park Place Entertainment, played to a sold-out Boardwalk Hall crowd.
Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by Soprano Ana Maria Martinez and conductor Steven Mercurio, performed to a sold-out crowd December 8. It was the only area appearance by the world-renowned vocalist and classical musician. Prior to the performance, a sparkling charity gala was attended by hundreds of dignitaries, elected officials, prominent New Jersey business leaders and social figures.
Target Stars On Ice, featuring Olympic champions Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Ilia Kulik, among others, December 30.
Disney On Ice Three Jungle Adventures, presented in seven performances from January 30 through February 3.
Julio Iglesias in concert in the Ballroom March 2, presented by Trump Plaza.
Neil Diamond in concert March 16. The sold-out event was hosted by Park Place Entertainment.
New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships (N.J.S.I.A.A.) March 9 and 10.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made its Boardwalk Hall debut when they presented nine shows April 10-14. This marked the "Greatest Show on Earth's" first appearance in Atlantic City since 1954.
John Hancock Champions on Ice showcased ice skating legends and champions from the Salt Lake City Olympics, April 18. Among the featured skaters were Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Victor Petrenko, Philippe Candeloro, Elvis Stojko and Surya Bonaly.
Performances by two top Asian stars in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom during the spring. Entertainer Richie Run appeared in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom April 21, followed by singer Cass Phang May 12. Both events were sponsored by Trump Plaza.
The return of heavyweight boxing to Boardwalk Hall and Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield defeated Hasim Rahman in an eighth round judge's decision on June 1. Park Place Entertainment and Don King Productions presented this fight that was televised on HBO's "Boxing After Dark".
On July 5, Britney Spears returned to Boardwalk Hall for another sold-out show.
Cher brought her "Living Proof - The Farewell Tour" to the arena July 6. The Britney Spears and Cher concerts were sponsored by Park Place Entertainment.
World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) presented Smackdown July 9. The televised event featured The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle and other WWE favorites.
Dragon Tales Live!, based on the popular PBS children's television show, brought their national touring production to Boardwalk Hall for six performances July 12-14.
Fight For Cancer National Karate Championships took place July 20 and 21 in the Ballroom.
Grammy award winning favorites from the 1970's, America, performed in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom as part of the Charity Leagues of Atlantic County's annual fundraiser on August 22.
Miss Illinois, Ericka Harold, was crowned Miss America 2003 on September 21. The event was nationally televised by ABC.
Paul McCartney performed his "Back In The U.S." show to a sold-out crowd on September 28. It was his first concert in Atlantic City since the Beatles played in the building in 1964. Park Place Entertainment hosted the concert.
Hacken Lee appeared in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom October 20. Trump Plaza sponsored the Asian concert.
Sesame Street Live! performed for the first time at Boardwalk Hall November 15, 16 and 17.
On November 23, Arturo Gatti defeated Mickey Ward in a unanimous decision before 12,238 fans. Park Place Entertainment and Main Events sponsored the 10 round Junior Welterweight contest that was aired on HBO Sports.
The Grammy Award-winning Beach Boys presented a concert in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom November 29. Trump Plaza sponsored the show.
Tien Zhen performed in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom December 1.
Boston Pops debuted at Boardwalk Hall for a holiday concert December 13. Sponsored by the ACCVA, the Pops were led by famed conductor Keith Lockhart.
Wayne Newton performed a Trump Plaza-sponsored holiday show in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom December 14.
Chris Byrd defeated Evander Holyfield in a unanimous decision to take the IBF Heavyweight title. The December 14 fight was sponsored by Park Place Entertainment and Don King Productions.
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) presented a house show January 12. The event featured "Raw" talent.
Midget car racing returned to Boardwalk Hall January 18 after a 20 year absence.
Piccadilly Circus presented two shows in the Ballroom Feb. 15 and 16.
Alan Jackson performed to a sold out crowd February 22. Martina McBride opened the show.
Bon Jovi made his Atlantic City debut to a sold out crowd February 23. The Goo Goo Dolls opened.
Ultimate Fighting Championship - Onslaught, sponsored by Trump Hotels, was presented before more than 11,000 fans February 28.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band debuted in Atlantic City to a sold out crowd March 7. The performance, which sold out in less than 15 minutes, attracted unprecedented media coverage.
NJSIAA High School Wrestling Finals March 14-16.
Trump Plaza sponsored a Julio Iglesias concert in the Ballroom March 15.
A card featuring local boxers was presented in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom March 18.
On March 30, the ECHL Boardwalk Bullies took the Northeast Division Championship for the second consecutive year.
The Bullies triumphed over the Columbia Inferno on May 14 to win their first ever Kelly Cup.
On May 17, Fleetwood Mac returned to a sold-out Boardwalk Hall crowd as part of their "Say You Will" tour. Park Place Entertainment sponsored the concert.
Arturo Gatti defeated Mickey Ward by unanimous decision in front 12,643 enthusiastic fans on June 7. It was the largest crowd ever to assemble for a non-heavyweight, non-title fight. The 10 round fight, seen by more than 3 million viewers on HBO, was presented by Park Place Entertainment and Main Events. In March, 2004, Ring Magazine named Gatti - Ward III "Fight Of The Year"
On June 28, former teen idol David Cassidy performed in concert in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, appeared in concert July 4 and 5 in the Ballroom. The show was sponsored by Trump Plaza.
Cher returned to Boardwalk Hall July 11 as part of her "Living Proof Farewell Tour". Park Place Entertainment sponsored the sold-out concert.
Trump Plaza hosted a Vietnamese Musical and Comedy show in the Ballroom July 19.
The legendary rock band Eagles made their Atlantic City debut July 25. Park Place Entertainment sponsored the sold out concert, known as the "Farewell I" tour.
Fight for Cancer National Karate Championships July 26 in the Ballroom.
Godfather of Soul James Brown and diva Patti LaBelle performed a charity concert for local historic icon, Lucy the Elephant, on August 2.
Ericka Dunlap, Miss Florida, was crowned Miss America on September 20.
Country sensation LeAnn Rimes performed in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom August 22. Trump Plaza sponsored the concert.
Asian stars Alan Tam and Hacken Lee performed before more than 7,000 fans in the arena during a 2:00 a.m. show August 24.
On October 2, Boardwalk Hall received a National Preservation Honor Award for 2003. This prestigious recognition was bestowed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, bringing to six the total number of awards received for the $90 million renovation.
Professional Bull Riders made their Atlantic City debut October 3 and 4. The world's top riders and bulls attracted more than 8,000 fans during this national tour, televised on the Outdoor Life Network.
Reality Fighting V in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom November 1.
Martin & Pops Reunion Concert, a Philippine show, played in the Ballroom November 7.
On November 15, Elton John rocked a sold-out Boardwalk Hall during his two-and-a-half hour show. Park Place Entertainment sponsored the event.
Simon & Garfunkel sold out Boardwalk Hall for their "Old Friends: 2003 Concert Tour" November 28. Park Place Entertainment sponsored the show that highlighted the duo's greatest hits from the 60s and 70s.
Vince Gill and Amy Grant debuted at Boardwalk Hall for a "Simply Christmas" holiday concert December 6.
Don King Productions and Park Place Entertainment presented "Night of the Undisputed; Back-to-Back-to-Back", a record eight title fight card on December 13. The event was shown on Pay Per View and attracted a sell out crowd of 12,346.
Arturo Gatti defeated Gianluca Branco in a 12th round unanimous decision for the WBC Super Lightweight championship January 24. Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Main Events presented the card that was televised live on HBO Sports.
Kristi Yamaguchi and Paul Wylie were part of an extraordinary cast that performed in Smucker's Stars On Ice February 21.
The Atlantic Globe, a beautiful seashore-inspired stained glass fixture crafted by New Jersey artist Kenneth Leap, was installed in the Boardwalk Hall lobby February 24. The globe was part of the Hall's renovation package.
Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2 performed eight shows between March 3 through 7.
WWE's SMACKDOWN! crashed it's way into Boardwalk Hall March 9 for a second nationally televised show.
History was made at the New Jersey High School Wrestling Finals (NJSIAA) March 12, 13 & 14, when local talent Ryan Goodman (Absegami H.S., 179 lbs.) won his final match to become New Jersey's winningest high school wrestler. His record of 145-9 also ranked him first in the nation in his weight class.
The Divine Miss M., Bette Midler, brought her "Kiss My Brass" tour to Boardwalk Hall on March 20. The sold out concert was sponsored by Caesars Entertainment.
Trump Plaza hosted a Chinese Super Show in the Ballroom March 28 starring Eric Tsang, Jerry Lamb and Ka Lok Chin.
The Atlantic City Cardsharks indoor football team, played their first home game at Boardwalk Hall on April 10, defeating the Greenville Riverhawks. The Cardsharks are a franchise of the National Indoor Football League.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey played 10 shows from April 28 through May 2.
Commerce Bank hosted its annual WOW Awards May 15. The event, which utilized the entire building and attracted more than 5,000 invited guests, honored Commerce Bank's top employees from the mid-Atlantic region.
The Mid-Atlantic Gaming Conference drew hundreds of casino gaming executives and businesspeople to the Ballroom May 20.
WBC Lightweight champ "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather won a unanimous decision over DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in a 12 round WBC Super Lightweight eliminator fight May 22. Caesars Entertainment and Top Rank presented the card that was televised on HBO Sports.
Kuh Ledesma and Nora Aunor headlined a Philippine show in the Ballroom June 11.
Lou Rawls performed in the Ballroom June 26. The show was sponsored by Trump Plaza.
R&B group Maze with Frankie Beverly performed in the Ballroom July 10.
Joan Rivers and Don Rickles brought their Trump Plaza-sponsored comedy show to the Ballroom July 17.
On July 24, Arturo Gatti defeated Leonard Dorin in the 2nd round for the WBC Super Lightweight Championship before a near-capacity crowd of 11,863. The undercard of the Caesars Entertainment/Main Events production featured Jr. Welterweight Jesse James Leija defeating Francisco Bojado in a 10th round split decision. HBO Sports televised the fight.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn performed to a sold out crowd in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom July 31. Trump Plaza sponsored the concert.
Multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones played to an appreciative arena crowd August 21.
Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America in the September 18, 2004 Miss America competition. The program, whittled to a two hour ABC network production, was emceed by Chris Harrison, popular host of that network's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette romantic series. American Idol star Clay Aiken provided the evening's entertainment, which included a salute to the pageant's fiftieth broadcast anniversary.
Temptation 2004, which featured the top stars of Bollywood, India's film and music community, performed to a sold out crowd in the arena September 25. It was the first major Indian show carded at Boardwalk Hall.
Trump Plaza presented a Chinese show in the Ballroom September 26 featuring Ka Leung Lo and Cheng.
Erykah Badu, Big Boi and Al Green were featured artists in the October 2 Nu Jazz Festival, held in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom.
Bette Midler returned to Boardwalk Hall for a sold-out arena concert October 9. The Divine Miss M's "Kiss My Brass" tour was sponsored by Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Reality Fighting VII was presented in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom October 16.
On October 22, Ultimate Fighting Championship 50 - The War of '04 was fought in the arena. Presented by Trump Atlantic City Casino Hotels, the event was televised live on Pay Per View.
Dave Wang and Yumiko Cheng were part of a Chinese Show in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom October 24. The event was a Trump Plaza concert.
Musiq Kemistry, featuring the music of Musiq and Kem, was presented in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom November 12.
Cher's Farewell Tour returned once again to Boardwalk Hall. Her November 27 concert was another sell-out for promoter Caesars Entertainment. Village People opened the show.
Trump Plaza presented a Chinese show in the Ballroom November 28 that featured Teresa Cheung, Cecila Fong, Albert Mu and Mimi Choo.
Trump Plaza presented a Vietnamese variety show in the Ballroom December 25.
Billboard Magazine and Venues Today recognized Boardwalk Hall as the top grossing mid-sized North American for 2004.
Disney On Ice "Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey" presented during five performances, January 6 through 9
Indoor midget car racing returned to the arena January 21 and 22. A major snowstorm was responsible for an abbreviated race card on Saturday night.
On January 29, Arturo "Thunder" Gatti KO'd Jesse James Leija in the 5th round for the WBC Super Lightweight Championship. The undercard featured Kassim Ouma defeating Kofi Jantuah in a 12th round unanimous decision for the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship. Bally's and Caesars Atlantic City, in association with Main Events, presented the sold out boxing card that was televised by HBO Sports.
On February 18, Antonio Margarita defeated Sebastian Lujan for the WBO welterweight title on a boxing card presented by Main Events and Bally's Atlantic City. The six fight card was presented in the Ballroom and televised by ESPN2.
The Tony Award-winning star of Miss Saigon, Lea Salonga, performed in concert in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom February 19.
The 2005 Pepsi String Band Show of Shows made its Atlantic City debut with two shows February 26. 16 award-winning string bands reprised their New Year's Day performances.
The NJSIAA Star-Ledger New Jersey High School Wrestling Championships attracted a record crowd of 39,400 during four sessions March 11, 12 and 13.
Bobby Vinton performed in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom March 19. Trump Plaza sponsored the concert.
Petrina Fung, The Kung and So Bor Fung performed in a Chinese show presented by Trump Plaza March 27.
The Eagles returned to Boardwalk Hall April 9 and performed a three hour, sold-out concert. The "Farewell 1" tour was presented by Caesars Entertainment.
Rod Stewart's April 16 sold out concert set a new concert attendance record of 13,763 at the Hall. In recognition of his achievement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was indicted into the Boardwalk Hall of Fame. Caesars Entertainment presented the event.
Trump Plaza presented a Chinese show in the Ballroom May 8.
The East Coast Gaming Conference drew hundreds of casino gaming executives and businesspeople to the Ballroom May 26.
Ultimate Fighting Championship #53 Heavy Hitters rocked the arena June 4. More than 9,500 in attendance saw interim heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski defeat challenger Justin Eilers on an eight fight card televised on Pay Per View. The Trump Atlantic City Hotel Casino properties hosted the event.
Trump Plaza presented a Vietnamese Variety show June 11.
Arturo Gatti lost his WBC Super Lightweight Title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in one of boxing's most highly anticipated match-ups June 25. Gatti's trainer, Buddy McGirt, stopped the fight at the conclusion of the 6th round. 12,675 fans attended the fight, the biggest crowd to date to see a non-heavyweight fight at Boardwalk Hall. As a further testament to Gatti's popularity, approximately 340,000 fans purchased the Pay Per View to watch the action at home. Two other title fights were carded: Carlos Maussa defeated favored Vivian Harris in a 7th round KO for the WBA Junior Welterweight Championship. Undefeated Ivan Calderon beat Gerardo Verde in a 12th rough unanimous decision for the WBO Minimumweight Championship.
Starbound National Talent Competition was presented in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom July 12 through 14.
On July 17, Chinese pop star Aaron Kwok performed to a sold-out crowd in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom. The concert was presented by Trump Plaza.
Jazz guitar legend and soul-pop vocalist George Benson performed in concert in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom August 20. Trump Plaza sponsored the event.
Trump Plaza presented a Chinese variety show in the Ballroom September 11 entitled " Three Girls And A Guy".
Wladimir Klitschko defeated Samuel Peter with a 12 round unanimous decision to win the NABF Heavyweight title September 24. The fight also served as an IBF/WBO eliminator. On the undercard, Miguel Cotto retained his status as the WBO Junior Welterweight champion, knocking out Ricardo Torres in the seventh round. Caesars Atlantic City and Duva Boxing presented the HBO-televised fights.
A Chinese concert, sponsored by Trump Plaza, was presented in the Ballroom October 16.
Smart Ones Skate America, a four day international figure skating competition, glided into Boardwalk Hall October 20-23. The top men's, ladies, ice dancing and pairs skating competitors were represented in what was the first of the six Grand Prix events of the 2005-2006 skating season. ABC and ESPN televised the events.
The New Jersey All-State Chorus and Orchestra performed in concert in the Ballroom November 11 in association with the New Jersey Education Association's two day
convention. The event featured classical selections from the state's most talented high school students.
Country superstar Alan Jackson brought his "What I Do" tour to Boardwalk Hall November 12. Opening for Jackson was special guests Sara Evans and The Wrights.
Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen performed to a sold out crowd on November 13. "The Boss" played selections from his latest release, "Devils and Dust" as well as several other notable selections during his solo acoustic set.
Trump Plaza presented a Chinese show in the Ballroom November 27.
Neil Diamond sold out the Hall when he returned December 3 as part of his 2005 World Tour. Known as the world's most popular touring solo artist, the December 3 concert marked Diamond's fifth sold out concert at the venue and earned the star a place in the Boardwalk Hall of Fame. Caesars Atlantic City sponsored the show.
The top-ranked Villanova Wildcats defeated the Longwood (Virginia) Lancers 90-77 in a neutral site Division I basketball game December 10. More than 7,000 fans, students and alumni attended the game that marked the return of college hoops to the Hall after a nine year absence.
Popular singer/songwriter James Taylor made his Boardwalk Hall debut December 17 during an LPG charity sponsored concert. Taylor, whose distinct voice and evocative lyrics earned him multiple Grammy awards, offered the appreciative crowd of 7,200 a wide ranging medley of his greatest hits
Hong Kong superstar Sam Hui appeared in concert in the arena December 25.
Trump Plaza presented a Vietnamese variety show in the Ballroom December 25.
Indoor midget car racing returned January 20 and 21 with more than 100 cars competing in several events.
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti won an 11th round TKO over Danish boxer Thomas "Lionheart" Damgaard for the IBA Welterweight Championship January 28. The event, televised by HBO, was presented by Main Events and Caesars Atlantic City. 11,568 fans were in attendance.
On February 4, Bon Jovi rocked a full house when he brought his "Have a Nice Day" concert tour to Boardwalk Hall. The Philadelphia-based group IKE opened the show.
The Sixth Annual Cheerleading and Dance Nationals were held in the arena February 11.
The Mummers String Band Show of Shows presented two crowd-pleasing performances February 18.
Trump Plaza hosted a Chinese Show in Adrian Philips Ballroom February 19.
WWE SMACKDOWN presents Road To Wrestlemania crashed into Boardwalk Hall February 26. More than 20 Superstars, including Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio and The Boogeyman entertained the nearly 7,000 fans in attendance.
The Mixed Fighting Championship 6 "Boardwalk Blitz" was presented by Trump Plaza in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom March 4.
A record crowd of 42,719 people attended the New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships March 10, 11 and 12. For Sunday's finals, 11,772 fans saw history being made when Mike Grey of Delbarton won his fourth Championship, the first New Jersey wrestler to achieve this milestone.
On March 12, Trump Plaza hosted a Chinese Variety Show March 12 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom.
Caesars and Ballys Atlantic City and Top Rank presented an HBO-televised boxing card March 18. Hasim Rahman and James Toney fought to a draw allowing Rahman to retain the WBC Heavyweight belt.
Travis Tritt performed his country hits in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom March 25. Trump Plaza presented the concert.
Reality Fighting XII rocked the Adrian Phillips Ballroom April 29.
On May 6, "RockStars", a concert featuring top stars of Bollywood, including Salman Khan, John Abraham and Esha Deol, among others, was presented in the arena.
"The Flying Dutchman", classical violinist Andre Rieu, performed with the Johann Strauss Orchestra to a near-capacity crowd May 19. The concert was a benefit for New Jersey Network Public Television and Radio as well as Rieu's first appearance in Atlantic City.
Caged Dragon Combat Series featured a several bouts of mixed martial arts in the Ballroom May 20.
Fans of mixed martial arts attended MFC7 - USA vs. Russia III June 3 in the Ballroom.
On June 10 10,200 fans turned out to see Philadelphian Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins win a 12th round unanimous decision over Antonio Tarver for the IBO Light Heavyweight Championship. The evening of boxing was a Pay Per View/HBO event and presented by The Borgata, Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing.
Popular tenor Andrea Bocelli, conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio and accompanied by the Boston Pops Orchestra, presented a program of classical and pop selections to a sold out arena June 17. Also appearing on the evening's card were Sopranos Ana Maria Martinez, Baritone Luis Ledesma and pop star Kelly Levesque. The event was presented by Gelb Promotions and Trump Entertainment Resorts.
Cirque Du Soleil mesmerized thousands of guests in their first-ever Atlantic City appearances July 7 and 8. DELIRIUM, a live music event, consisted of a breathtaking, creative mix of multi-media, music, acrobatics and stage design.
Material Girl Madonna debuted in Atlantic City July 16 bringing her "Confessions Tour", a high energy, non-stop dance party extravanagza, to a sold out Boardwalk Hall crowd. The concert was presented by Live Nation and Caesars Atlantic City.
Boxing's most exciting fighter and Atlantic City favorite, Arturo Gatti, fell to Argentinian Carlos Baldomir in a 9th round TKO in a battle for the WBC Welterweight title July 22. 12,763 fans packed the Hall to see a sensational night of boxing promoted by Main Events, Caesars Atlantic City and Sycuan Ringside Promotions. HBO televised the fight live.
America's #1 television show, American Idols, brought the American Idols Live! Tour to Boardwalk Hall July 23. Favorite Idols Taylor Hicks, Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry joined the remaining six Idols for an evening of energetic and upbeat R&B, Soul and Rock ‘n' Roll performed to a sold out crowd.
On October 7, Elton John returned to play a mix of classics and new material in his "The Captain and The Kid" Tour. The sold out show, which set a new Boardwalk Hall concert attendance record of 13,858, was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
Barry Manilow dazzled a sold out arena with his October 14 "Manilow: Music and Passion" show. It was the superstar's first appearance since undergoing hip surgery three months earlier and marked his only concert date in the Northeast. The Atlantic City Hilton and Resorts Atlantic City's casino hotels sponsored the event.
Barbra Streisand, considered the greatest female performer of all time, sang to an appreciative sold out crowd at Boardwalk Hall November 4. It was her first public performance in Atlantic City and she appeared with special guest Il Divo. Streisand's show, presented locally by Caesars Atlantic City, produced a record gross for any event since the re-opening of Boardwalk Hall in 2001, and earned her a place in the Boardwalk Hall of Fame.
Philippine artist Gary V. appeared in concert in the Ballroom November 11.
Following a postponement due to illness, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones returned to Atlantic City and rocked the Hall's 12,000 fans on November 17. On one of the largest and most elaborate stages constructed in the venue, the world's #1 touring band performed their greatest hits as well as a few rarely played gems during their 15 month, 116 show tour. This was the group's fourth appearance at Boardwalk Hall and was presented locally by The Borgata. Soulive was the opening act.
An evening of mixed martial arts was presented in Ballroom November 18 when "Fall Brawl", Reality Fighting 14, took to the octagon.
Sarah Geronimo, popular Filipino recording artist, performed in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom November 19.
The annual Debutante Cotillion was held in the Ballroom November 24.
On December 2 Miguel Cotto KO'd Carlos Quintana in the 5th round before 7,412 roaring fans to become the WBA Welterweight champion.
In an earlier fight Antonio Margarito won a 12th round unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey to retain the WBO Welterweight title.
Caesars Atlantic City presented the evening of boxing. Showtime televised the two title fights.
The Cheetah Girls rocked a sold out Boardwalk Hall in their Atlantic City debut December 16. Opening for the Radio Disney favorites was Everlife.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocked the Hall and played their amped up holiday classics accompanied by an extravagant laser and pyro display December 28.
Nearly 11,000 racing fans attended the January 12 and 13 indoor midget auto racing held in association with the 2007 Motorsports show at the Convention Center.
World's Best Fighter - USA vs. Asia - headed a card of mixed martial arts in the Ballroom February 3.
Spirit Unlimited Cheerleading competition tumbled into the Hall February 10.
On February 11 a sold out Boardwalk Hall crowd showed it's enthusiasm for the cast of Dancing With The Stars - The Tour, presented by SlimFast.
The Philadelphia String Band Show of Shows strutted for two shows February 24.
42,492 fans attended the three day New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships held March 2, 3 and 4. Two local wrestlers, Holy Spirit sophomore Mac Mancuso and Southern Regional senior Frank Molinaro, won state titles, and Rockaway resident Mike Grey, who wrestled for the Delbarton School, was inducted into the Boardwalk Hall of Fame for his unprecedented four championships spanning 2003 to 2006.
The Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship made an impressive debut to 32,498 college hoops fans March 7 - 10. Of the twelve schools that competed during the 11 game tournament, the George Washington Colonials and the Rhode Island Rams made it to Saturday's final game, televised nationally on ESPN. The Colonels clinched the championship 78-69 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Clowns, elephants, daredevil Bello, acrobats, Bengal tigers and more enchanted over 25,800 "children of all ages" as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to Boardwalk Hall March 22-25.
Christina Aguilera brought her "Back To Basics" Tour to Boardwalk Hall March 31. The multiple Grammy-winning artist also brought her special guests Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane to their glamorous, high energy concert at a nearly sold out arena.
Cage Fury Fighting Championship presented "War At The Shore", an evening of
Mixed Martial Arts in the arena Friday, April 13
Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra brought the crowd to its feet during their April 15 performance.
The Pinoy Music Festival featuring several Filipino entertainers was presented in the Ballroom May 5.
Sultan Ibragimov won a unanimous 12th round decision over defending WBO Heavyweight Championship Shannon Briggs when they squared off at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, June 2nd. The showdown capped an evening of boxing presented by Caesars Atlantic City, Golden Grain, Nafta Moskva, and Main Events.
Popular Filipino artists Kuh Ledesma and Pops Fernandez brought the U.S. Tour "Two Divas At The Movies" to the Ballroom June 8.
Metal prog-rockers Tool made their Atlantic City debut June 9. More than 13,000 enthusiastic fans electrified the sold-out arena that also featured warm-up act Melt Banana.
Street fighter Kimbo Slice defeated former WBO World Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer in the first round of a Mixed Martial Arts fight that was part of Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 June 23. Trump Entertainment hosted the card.
On June 30, local Parrotheads partied to the summer's most entertaining concert, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band. Buffett's first-ever concert in Atlantic City, presented by Caesars Atlantic City, sold out Boardwalk Hall.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd reunited for an evening of country classics July 5. The show was booked exclusively for Harrahs Total Rewards customers.
Apolo Anton Ohno, Kym Johnson, Joey McIntyre, Cheryl Burke and other favorite dancers strutted their stuff to an appreciative audience July 6 during "Dancing With The Stars The Tour". Caesars Atlantic City sponsored the Atlantic City stop on the tour.
On July 14, perennial Atlantic City favorite Arturo "Thunder" Gatti saw his boxing career come to a close after being KO'd in the 7th round by Alfonso Gomez (best known from TV's "The Contender") in a 10 round welterweight match. The Boardwalk Hall of Famer Gatti, in his ninth appearance at Boardwalk Hall since the 2001 renovation, also established an attendance milestone, becoming the first individual to draw more than 100,000 fans since reopening. In an earlier bout, Kermit Cintron KO'd Walter Matthysse in the 2nd round to retain his IBF Welterweight belt. 10,147 fans turned out to see the card presented by Caesars Atlantic City, Main Events and Tournament of Contenders LLC and televised live on HBO Sports.
Josh Groban delivered an uplifting performance as part of his "Awake" world tour on July 21. Special guest Angelique Kidjo opened the show which was presented locally by The Borgata and Live Nation.
The Wedding and Blessing of The Sea was celebrated August 14 in the Ballroom. The 40 year Atlantic City tradition, observed by St. Michael's, was held a day earlier due to the scheduling of the August 15 Atlantic City Air Show.
Country's hottest band, Rascal Flatts, kept the Boardwalk Hall crowd on its feet during their Atlantic City debut August 23. Special guest Jason Aldean opened the show which was locally promoted by Resorts Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Hilton.
Atlantic City boxer Shamone Alverez retained his NABO title by unanimous decision after
defeating Germaine Sanders August 31. The 12 round bout was part of a card presented in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom by Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotion. The fight was televised on ESPN
On September 8 the top ten finalists of the hit TV show American Idols Live, including favorites Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, took the stage before a near capacity crowd.
Battle Cage Xtreme's evening of mixed martial arts was featured in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom September 15.
Youngstown Ohio's Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik KO'd reigning champion Jermain Taylor in the 7th round during a thrilling fight for the WBC/WBO World Middleweight Championship title on September 29. 10,127 fans were treated to an electrifying contest that was hosted by Caesars Atlantic City and presented by Top Rank Inc. and DiBella Entertainment. In an action packed co-feature, Andre Berto stopped David Estrada in the 11th round for the NABF Welterweight title. The two fights were both televised on HBO.
Fox network's popular "So You Think You Can Dance" national tour stopped at Boardwalk Hall October 6. The top ten finalists sizzled on the stage to the delight of the youthful audience.
Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, better known as The Police, reunited and rocked
a near capacity crowd November 3. Trump Entertainment Resorts presented the concert.
The world's top selling female cross-over artist, Sarah Brightman, and Olympic/World figure skaters Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysacek, among others, dazzled fans in attendance for Progressive Fashion On Ice, presented locally by Caesars Atlantic City on November 17. The skaters were costumed by top fashion designers and skated to music performed live by Brightman.
The Wizards of Winter - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - returned with their stunning arena-rock holiday spectacle December 7.
of "tweens" screamed their
approval when the Hannah
Montana/Miley Cyrus "Best of
Both Worlds" tour stopped by a
sold-out Boardwalk Hall January
5. The Jonas Brothers appeared
as the opening act.
Indoor auto racing and its
thrills and spills returned to
Boardwalk Hall January 18 and
19. Saturday's Gambler's
Classic, which drew a capacity
crowd, was won by Mike Tidaback
of Little Falls, NJ.
Marie Osmond, Wayne Newton,
Cheryl Burke and host of other
stars and professional dancers
kicked up their heels to a sold
out Boardwalk Hall for the
February 2 "Dancing With The
Stars", presented locally by
Caesars Atlantic City.
The 7th Annual Spirit
Unlimited Cheerleading and Dance
Nationals brought hundreds of
contestants to Boardwalk Hall
Grammy-winning country rocker
Keith Urban and American Idol
winner/pop country singer Carrie
Underwood entertained a sold out
arena February 15. It was Keith
Urban's AC debut as part of the
duo's "Love, Pain & The Whole
Crazy Carnival Ride Tour". Trump
Entertainment Resorts was the
local presenting sponsor.
Sixteen of the Philadelphia
Mummer's best string bands
strutted back to Boardwalk Hall
for two shows February 23. Trump
Entertainment Resorts sponsored
Nearly 40,000 fans cheered
on their scholastic athletes and
hometown favorites during the
March 7, 8, and 9 New Jersey
State High School Wrestling
The Atlantic 10 Men's
Basketball Championship returned
to Boardwalk Hall March 12
through 15 highlighted by an
exciting all-Philadelphia finale
featuring Temple vs. St. Joe's
on Saturday night. The Temple
Owls prevailed over the Hawks 69
to 64 in a game that attracted a
near sell-out crowd of 10,116.
The Welterweight division
saw the crowning of two
champions April 12 when Miguel
Cotto handily defeated Alfonso
Gomez in a 5th round TKO for the
WBA Welterweight Championship,
and Antonio Margarito KO'd
Kermit Cintron in the 6th round
for the IBF Welterweight
Championship. An energetic crowd
of 9,427 cheered and whistled
for their favorites as part of a
card presented by Caesars
Atlantic City, Top Rank, Main
Events, Tournament of Contenders
and HBO Sports.
WWE presented a nationally
televised Smackdown/ECW April
On May 3 Mary J. Blige and
Jay-Z made their Boardwalk Hall
debuts before 8,000 enthusiastic
fans. The-Dream performed as
opening act. Trump Entertainment
Resorts presented the show.
Van Halen, originally set to
perform March 28, appeared for
their rescheduled date May 9 and
rocked the near capacity crowd.
The reunited band included David
Lee Roth, Eddie, Alex and
Wolfgang Van Halen. Ryan Shaw
opened the show which was
presented by Borgata Hotel
Casino & Spa.
The Greatest Hitmakers 4
presented an evening of Filipino
entertainment in the Adrian
Phillips Ballroom May 24.
On May 25 Andre Rieu and the
Johann Strauss Orchestra
returned to Boardwalk Hall with
another entertaining evening of
waltzes and other classics.
A host of Olympic and World
champion figure skaters
representing Russia joined
Russian and European pop stars
on the ice for "Ilya Averbukh's
Ice Show", a touring version of
Russia's most popular television
show brought to Atlantic City
On June 7 three title fights
including a second appearance by
popular Kelly Pavlik headlined
an evening of boxing presented
by Caesars Atlantic City, Top
Rank, Sports Network and HBO
Sports. Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik
defended his title, trouncing
Gary Lockett in a third round
TKO for the WBC/WBO Middleweight
Championship; Juan Manuel Lopez
TKO'd Daniel Ponce De Leon in
the first round for the WBO Jr.
Featherweight title, and Kevin
Mitchell scored a fifth round
TKO over Walter Estrada for the
WBO Intercontinental Jr.
Hot southern hip hop/rap
star Lil Wayne performed before
a sold out Adrian Phillips
Ballroom June 8. Special guests
included Birdman, Samira Taylor,
Carlin Writes, Ballistic and
Captains of Bread.
On July 12 the hit Filipino game show WoWoWee stopped at Boardwalk Hall as part of a world tour. The show was taped for later broadcast.
The Starbound National Talent Competition returned to the Ballroom July 14 – 18.
On July 18, N.J. Governor Jon Corzine signed a bill separating the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The bill also transferred ownership of Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center to the ACCVA.
Sir Elton John played his greatest hits and more recent songs from his latest release Rocket Man * Number Ones to a sold out arena crowd July 19.Caesars Atlantic City was the local presenting sponsor. This show marked his third concert at Boardwalk Hall.
American Idols Live Tour 2008 presented Season 7’s top ten contestants in the arena August 2. A near sell-out crowd was in attendance.
An Atlantic City tradition, the Wedding and Blessing of the Sea, returned to the Ballroom August 15.
Pop singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks appeared in the Ballroom August 22.
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band and nearly 14,600 Parrotheads turned Boardwalk Hall into Margaritaville on August 24. The show, presented by Caesars Atlantic City, established a new concert attendance record since the renovation of the Hall.
A dazzling Celine Dion made her Boardwalk Hall debut September 20 to a sold out crowd, performing her biggest hits and songs from her newest album, Taking Chances. The show was locally sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City.
MTV’s popular show America’s Best Dance Crew Live made a tour stop in the Ballroom September 26.
The NJEA All States Choir and Orchestra performed in the Ballroom November 7. The concert was held in association with the NJEA Convention at the A.C. Convention Center and featured classical selections from the state’s most talented high school students.
Walt Disney Records’ recording group The Cheetah Girls returned to Boardwalk Hall November 8. Local teen group Clique Girlz opened the show.
Superstar Madonna returned to a sold-out arena November 22 as part of her international “Sticky and Sweet” tour. The concert was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocked Boardwalk Hall with their largest and most dazzling production to date. A sold out crowd turned out November 28 to hear their favorite holiday and orchestral rock and roll songlist.
On December 13 the Ballroom was the setting for Kendall Holt vs. Demetrius Hopkins for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight Championship during an evening of boxing promoted by Top Rank and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City. Holt won by split decision in the 12 round contest
Boardwalk Hall was recognized as the world’s top grossing mid-sized arena by trade pubs Billboard and Venues Today
Indoor auto racing January 16 and 17. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT won the 40 lap TQ midget Gambler’s Classic.
Andy Hui and William So headlined a Chinese New Year concert in the Ballroom February 1.
World Cagefighting Alliance presented “Pure Combat”, an evening of mixed martial arts in Ballroom February 6.
On February 7, Dancing With The Stars returned with an all-star cast from seasons six and seven including celebrities Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene and Marlee Matlin.
The Philadelphia Mummers String Band Show of Shows, presented by Trump Entertainment, strutted back into Boardwalk Hall for two performances February 28.
Nearly 42,000 fans turned out for the New Jersey High School Wrestling Championships March 6, 7 and 8.
The Temple Owls garnered a second consecutive A-10 crown after defeating the upstart Duquesne Dukes 69 – 64 in the final game of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship. The college hoops tournament was scheduled March 11 through 14.
A Filipino concert Divas4Divas played the Ballroom March 21.
Another Filipino event, Eat Bulaga Live!, played the arena April 4. Eat Bulaga, which translates roughly to “peekaboo”, is the longest running noontime show in the Philippines.
Boxing in the Ballroom was on the menu April 11. The “Brawl In The Hall” card featured many up and coming locally based fighters.
Boardwalk Hall hosted a Frito Lay corporate dinner in the Ballroom and arena April 18.Local grade school boys and girls competed in a basketball tournament in the Ballroom May 2.
Atlantic City celebrated its biggest R&B show in recent history when Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with Maze, Teena Marie & The Whispers played to a sold-out crowd of more than 12,400 fans May 9.
The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority recognized the region’s top hospitality employees in their annual Atlantic City Host Awards May 13.
Musician and composer Yanni made his Boardwalk Hall debut May 16 with Yanni Voices The 2009 Tour that featured an orchestra and four young singers Nathan Pacheco, Ender Thomas, Leslie Mills and Chloe.
Fleetwood Mac returned to the arena June 13 as part of their national “Unleashed” Tour. Fans heard of number of the rockers’ greatest hits in a two hour concert presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
A June 27 boxing card in the Ballroom, Latin Fury 9, attracted a good crowd to see Juan Manuel Lopez defeat Olivier Lontchi in a 9th round TKO for the WBO Junior Featherweight Championship, and Jorge Arce KO Fernando Lumacad in the 3rd round for the IBF Int’l Title/WBC Super Flyweight Eliminator. The Pay-Per-View televised card was presented by Top Rank and Caesars Atlantic City.
Atlantic City High School held their annual graduation exercises June 25.
A June 27 boxing card in the Ballroom, Latin Fury 9, attracted a good crowd to see
Juan Manuel Lopez defeat Olivier Lontchi in a 9th round TKO for the WBO Junior
Featherweight Championship, and Jorge Arce KO Fernando Lumacad in the 3rd round
for the IBF Int’l Title/WBC Super Flyweight Eliminator. The Pay-Per-View televised
card was presented by Top Rank and Caesars Atlantic City.
Starbound National Talent Competition rolled into the Ballroom July 12-16.
A sold out crowd cheered on winner Kris Allen, popular showman Adam Lambert and eight other top finalists from Season Eight during the August 7 America Idols Live concert.
The annual Wedding and
Blessing of the Sea was
celebrated in the Ballroom
Jimmy Buffett made his
annual summer visit to
Boardwalk Hall on August 23
and played to a sold out
crowd of appreciative
Walking With Dinosaurs The
Arena Spectacular made its
Boardwalk Hall debut with a
September 2 through 6. The
performance, that drew
thousands of guests,
featured 17 life-sized
dinosaurs and amazing
The NJEA All States Choir and
Orchestra performed in the
Ballroom November 6. The
concert was held in
association with the NJEA
Convention at the A.C.
Convention Center and
selections from the state's
most talented high school
The 2009 Legends Basketball
Classic brought four great
college hoops games to the
arena for a two night
tournament November 27 and
28. In the final game the
Florida Gators defeated the
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
73-58, and Michigan State
bested the UMass Minutemen
106 - 68.
In a thrilling 12 round
Middleweight match that
brought the sold out
Ballroom crowd to its feet,
Paul Williams won a majority
decision over Sergio
Martinez on a boxing card
presented by Caesars
Atlantic City and televised
live on HBO December 5. The
Heavyweight Chris Arreola
scoring a 4th round TKO
against Brian Minto.
On January 2
the first gospel
show since the
Mary Mary, Fred
Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and
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Cicconi Jr. for
The Aston, Pa.,
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driver in the
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queen spoof on
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The Philadelphia String Band Mummers Show of Shows returned for their annual strut into Boardwalk Hall for two shows February 27.
The New Jersey High School Wrestling Championship drew nearly 41,000 fans and participants during the March 5, 6 and 7 tournament.
Top-seeded and 17th ranked Temple Owls made it a three-peat with their 56 - 52 victory over the Richmond Spiders in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. The new three day weekend format, contested Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14 drew 27,535 fans. The final game was televised live by CBS Sports. The event was presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
America's Sweetheart, Carrie Underwood, played to a sold out crowd Friday, March 19. Special guests included Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia.
On April 3, Nickelback launched the second leg of their North American "Dark Horse World Tour" at a sold-out Boardwalk Hall. The top selling alternative rock band appeared with special guests Sick Puppies and Shinedown. Caesars Atlantic City was the local presenting sponsor.
The Caesars Tennis Classic, presented on April 10, featured exhibition tennis with top stars Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Marat Safin and Mats Wilander. Five-time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams acted a host for the evening's four matches.(Wilander d. Lendl; Safin d. Sampras; Roddick d. Sampras; Roddick d. Safin). The event was sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City and StarGames and taped for The Tennis Channel.
Argentinean boxer Sergio Martinez took the WBO and WBC Middleweight Championship belts with a unanimous 12th round decision over defending champ Kelly Pavlik April 17. On the undercard, Philadelphian Mike Jones won a fifth round TKO over Hector Munoz for the NABA/NABO Welterweight championships. Caesars Atlantic City and Top Rank presented the events. The Pavlik - Martinez bout was televised on HBO.
On May 8, a sold out crowd enjoyed an evening of classic R&B that featured Ronald Isley and the Isley Brothers, Teena Marie & The Whispers.
The New Jersey Clean Communities Council assembled several hundred schoolchildren from across the state to help "Slam Dunk The Junk" in a recognition program geared to raise anti-litter and environmental awareness in the Ballroom on May 26. They were assisted by the Harlem Wizards and Atlantic County Institute of Technology
AR Rahman, celebrated composer and musical artist behind the success of the multi-award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, made a stop at Boardwalk Hall on June 12. Jai Ho: The Journey Home World Tour was a lavish concert presentation that played to a large and enthusiastic arena crowd.
Atlantic City High School conducted its annual high school graduation ceremonies in the arena June 23.
Pop music's hottest superstar, Lady Gaga, presented her Monster Ball Tour, an amazing musical and production spectacle, before a sold-out arena crowd on July. Special guests Semi Precious Weapons opened the show, which was presented by The Borgata.
On July 9, Philadelphia native Mike Jones defeated Irving Garcia in a 5th round TKO to retain his NABA/NABO Welterweight titles. The bout was one of several fights in the Ballroom presented by Peltz Boxing and Caesars Atlantic City.
Starbound National Talent Competition was presented in the Ballroom July 12 through 15.
Filipino rock star and lead singer for rock group Journey, Arnel Pineda, appeared in concert with Rachelle Ann Go and The Ammo Band in the Ballroom July 25.
Fergie, will.i.am., Taboo and apl.de.ap., known collectively as The Black Eyed Peas, brought their E.N.D. World Tour 2010 to a sold-out arena August 7. Special guest T-Pain opened the show which was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
Barry Manilow performed in a one-night only concert with the New York Pops on August 14. The sold-out concert was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
The Wedding and Blessing of the Sea was performed in the Ballroom August 15.
On August 28, Aerosmith brought their "Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock" summer tour to a wildly appreciative near-capacity crowd. Sammy Hagar and The Wabos opened the show that was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
Fans got their laughs on when the AC Comedy Fest rolled into the arena September 3 and 4. Comics included Mike Epps, EarthQuake, George Willborn, Don DC Curry, Mario Tory, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, DL Hughley, and TuRae.
Top stars and finalists from the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance performed in the arena October 16.
More than 42,000 Phish heads converged on Atlantic City for three sold-out Phish concerts October 29, 30 and 31. The dates marked the group's AC debut and the first three day concert engagement by any artist following the 2001 renovation.
The NJEA All States Choir and Orchestra performed in the Ballroom November 5. The concert was held in association with the NJEA Convention at the A.C. Convention Center and featured classical selections from the state's most talented high school students.
A few thousand of the region's observant Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, at a prayer service in the arena November 16.
Country music star Toby Keith played to a near-capacity crowd November 12 in a concert presented by Caesars Atlantic City. Rodney Atkins opened the show.
"Bieber Fever" took hold of Boardwalk Hall as teen idol Justin Bieber performed to the screams of a sold-out audience November 19 as part of his My World tour. Burnham, Jasmine V and Sean Kingston opened the show.
An electrifying night of boxing was presented by Caesars Atlantic City and Goossen Tutor Promotions on November 20. In the feature bout, Sergio Martinez retained his WBC Middleweight title following a devastating 2nd round KO over Bruce Williams. It was a rematch for the two fighters following their December 2009 fight in the Ballroom that saw Williams win by majority decision. The bout was televised live on HBO.
The Legends Classic Basketball Championship rebounded into Boardwalk Hall November 26 and 27. In the first two games, #9 ranked Syracuse defeated Michigan 53-50 and Georgia Tech beat UTEP(Texas-El Paso) 71-61. During Saturday night's finals, the Syracuse Orange beat Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets 80-76. The consolation game resulted in a 65-56 victory for UTEP's Miners over the Michigan Wolverines. The Championship was televised live on HD Net.
Pro ice hockey skated back into the Hall Sunday, December 5 for the first of a five game mini-series. In a 4-2 victory, the AHL Albany Devils, development team for the New Jersey Devils, defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, the Phila Flyers development team, before 5,134 enthusiastic fans.
A constellation of 30 figure skating stars were either recognized for their lifelong contributions to their sports or performed on the ice as part of The Caesars Tribute: A Salute To The Golden Age of America Skating. Among the stars: Olympic Medalists Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Brian Boitano, Sara Hughes, Nancy Kerrigan, Dick Button and Peggy Fleming, among others. Caesars Atlantic City presented the show that was taped for a December 25 broadcast by NBC.
World Spirit Federation brought a cheer and dance competition on January 8.
"Kitty Hiccups" was crowned 2011 Miss'd America January 16. The drag queen spoof on Miss America was presented in the Ballroom as part of a fundraiser.
The Wheeling Nailers defeated the Trenton Devils 4 - 3 in an ECHL hockey game, part of the five game Devils series.
Indoor auto racing zoomed back into the Hall January 28 and 29.
On February 4 the Albany Devils were defeated by the Hershey Bears 5 - 3; in a college game following the Devils, the Rowan Profs defeated the Stockton Ospreys 5 - 1.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blanked the Albany Devils 4 - 0 on February 7; this was a make-up game originally scheduled to be contested December 12. Due to poor ice conditions the game was postponed.
Lady Gaga kicked off her 2011 North American Monster Ball Tour from Boardwalk Hall on February 19. A sold out crowd of more than 13,800 "little monsters" rocked the arena. Scissor Sisters opened the show.
The Philadelphia Mummers String Band Show of Shows reprised their popular signature event with two performances on February 26.
On February 27 the Norfolk Admirals defeated the Albany Devils 4 - 3 during the final pro-hockey game of the winter.
The NJSIAA New Jersey High School Wrestling Championships were contested March 4, 5 and 6.
Third-seeded Richmond defeated #9 Dayton 67 - 54 to notch their first ever Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship March 13. A day earlier in the semi-finals the Spiders defeated the Temple Owls, denying them a fourth consecutive title. The A-10, hosted in Boardwalk Hall for the fifth year, was presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority March 11 - 13. The final game was televised live by CBS Sports.
The ECAC Hockey Men's Championship skated into Boardwalk Hall March 18 and 19, playing four games in the first contest of a three year engagement. The #3 seeded Yale Bulldogs crushed defending champ Cornell's Big Red 6 - 0. In the consolation game 15th ranked Dartmouth defeated upstart Colgate 5 - 3. The Championship was presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. The final game was televised live by CBS College Sports.
On March 26 "Featherweight Fury" featured three Championship fights in the Ballroom. Yuriorkis Gamboa KO'd Jorge Solis in the 4th round to retain his title as WBA Featherweight Champion; Mikey Garcia won a 10th TKO over formerly unbeaten Matt Remillard to reign as NABF & NABO Featherweight Champion, and Teon Kennedy defended his Jr. Featherweight crown against Jorge Diaz with a 12th round unanimous decision. Two of the fights were televised live on HBO's "Boxing After Dark". The card was sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Top Rank and Arena Boxing.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, the first to appear at Boardwalk Hall, presented three thrilling performances April 1, 2 and 3. Competitions included bareback, tie down and team roping events, to the electrifying saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding events. Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company presented the event which was sponsored by all of the A.C casinos.
Cirque Du Soleil's Alegria performed seven mesmerizing performances from April 7 through April 10.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band appeared in the arena April 16 before a nearly sold out crowd. The Hooters opened the show.
Pakistani Qawwali and Bollywood singer/songwriter Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan presented a concert in the arena on April 30.
Usher brought his OMG Tour to the arena May 6. The near capacity crowd also enjoyed Akon and DEV and The Cataracs as special guests.
The Mother's Day Music Festival returned May 7 with another popular lineup. A tribute to the late Teena Marie was followed by performances by Keith Sweat, The Whispers and Charlie Wilson.
The Atlantic City Host Awards, recognizing the region's top hospitality employees, was presented in the Ballroom May 11. Historian and Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson, who also authored Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City, was honored with the Spirit of Hospitality Award. The annual event was presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
An evening of boxing in the Ballroom was capped by Carl Froch's 12th round victory by majority decision over Glen Johnson to retain his WBC super middleweight championship. The June 4 fight was televised live on Showtime and presented by DiBella Entertainment, Caesars Atlantic City and Warriors Boxing.
On Saturday, June 11 Canadian Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Buble played his first concert at Boardwalk Hall before a sold out crowd. Naturally7 opened the show.
Atlantic City High School held its annual graduation in the arena June 22.
Three 12 round fights, two of which were championship bouts, comprised part of a Ballroom boxing card on July 9. Former two time champ Paul Williams won a contentious majority decision over Erislandy Lara in the Junior Middleweight division, Rico Ramos stunned Akifumi Shimoda with a 7th round TKO for the WBA Super Bantamweight Championship, and Johnny Gonzalez held onto his WBC Featherweight title following a 4th round TKO over challenger Tomas Villa. The event was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions. The two title fights were telecast live on HBO.
On July 29 New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys stopped in Atlantic City as part of their summer tour and played their collection of hits to a sold-out crowd of screaming thirty-something women. Glee's Matthew Morrison opened the show.
Pop princess Britney Spears played her third date at Boardwalk Hall August 6, and among the fans of her near-capacity crowd was superstar Lady Gaga. Special guest Nicki Minaj opened the show which was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
The top eleven finalists of the most popular show on television showcased their performances August 13 at this season's American Idols Live! The sold-out crowd cheered for Scotty, Pia, Haley, James and the rest of the talented young cast.
The 2nd annual Atlantic City Comedy Festival was presented in the arena September 3 and 4 and featured popular comics Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J, Tony Rock, Damon Williams, Mike Epps, Sheryl Underwood, Michael Colyar, Gary Owen and TuRae.
Boxing in the Ballroom was on tap September 10. The main event, scheduled for 12 rounds, saw featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa defeat Daniel Ponce De Leon in an 8th round technical unanimous decision. The event was presented by Caesars Atlantic City, Top Rank, Arena Boxing and Golden Boy, and was televised on HBO.
Boardwalk Hall was used as a staging area for several hundred competitors who entered Atlantic City's first Triathlon on September 18.
Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez KO'd "Dazzling" Darren Barker in the 11th round to win the WBC Middleweight Championship on October 1. On a 10 round Middleweight division undercard bout, Brit Andy Lee won a unanimous decision over Brian Vera. The arena event was presented by Caesars Atlantic City, DiBella Entertainment, Matchroom Sport and televised live on HBO.
Bellator 54 hosted an exciting evening of several MMA fights in the Ballroom Saturday, October 15. The card was televised live on MTV2. The event was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
The NJEA All State Orchestra and Choir performed in the Ballroom November 11.
Thousands of Deadheads converged on Boardwalk Hall November 12 to see Furthur and former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.
Jay-Z and Kanye West brought their red hot sold-out Watch The Throne tour to Boardwalk Hall November 19. The show was presented by LiveNation and The Borgata.
The Caesars Tribute II: A Salute To The Ladies of the ice featured Olympic, World and U.S. Figure Skating Champions, including Sasha Cohen, Nancy Kerrigan, Miki Ando, Nicole Bobek, Sarah Hughes and more. The evening was capped with a presentation to skating icon Peggy Fleming. The event was held December 3.
On December 17, Andre Ward defeated Carl Froch in a unanimous decision for the WBC/WBA Super Middleweight Champion and kept his undefeated record. The event was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Matchroom Sport and Caesars Atlantic City and was televised live on Showtime.
Thousands of competitive cheerleaders participated in cheer and dance routines of all levels at the World Spirit Federation Cheer and Dance Competition on January 14.
Old school Hip Hop artists Rakim, EPMD, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Kid N' Play, and Rob Base joined together for a special one time performance on January 15.
Sabel Scities was crowned Miss'd America 2012 in the Ballroom on January 21. The annual drag queen version of Miss America was hosted by Carson Kressley. Erika Schiff of American Idol, Martha Walsh from The Weather Girls, and the Melanie Rice Orchestra served as special guest performers for the event.
The most awarded country group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts, stopped at Boardwalk Hall on January 28 to perform their hits for a crowd full of dedicated fans as part of their "Thaw Out 2012" tour. Hunter Hayes and Sarah Evans opened the show.
On January 29 and 30, the AHL All-Star Classic took place at Boardwalk Hall. The All-Star teams were comprised of the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences of the AHL. Sunday's competition tested the players' technique, speed, and strength during the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. The AHL All-Star Game commenced on Monday. The Western Conference emerged victorious on both days, winning the game in a shootout with a final score of 8-7. This was the first time that the AHL has showcased the All-Star event at a venue outside of a league city. Both events were televised throughout North America and into Europe.
Indoor Auto Racing returned to Boardwalk Hall on February 3 and 4 for the 10th Annual "Gambler's Classic" presented by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions. The big winner of the event was racer Erick Rudolph who won three out of four races that weekend.
The Philadelphia Mummers String Band Show of Shows returned for one performance Saturday, February 25.
The New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships returned to the arena March 2, 3 and 4. More than 40,000 fans were in attendance.
The fourth-seeded St. Bonaventure Bonnies captured the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship by defeating third-seeded Xavier 67 – 56. The Championship was contested March 9, 10 and 11, with the final game televised live on CBS Sports.
Top seeded Union College won a thrilling Championship defeating #3 Harvard 3 – 1 for the 2012 ECAC Hockey Championship March 16 & 17. Earlier in the day Cornell beat Colgate 3 – 0 for the consolation game. The Dutchmen would go to compete in the NCAA Frozen Four before their defeat to the Ferris State Bulldogs.
Van Halen with David Lee Roth rocked a sold out Boardwalk Hall March 24. Kool & The Gang opened the show, which was presented March 24.
The 2nd Annual Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo galloped back into Boardwalk Hall for three action-packed days March 30 through April 1. Seven events were presented for each show including bareback, tie down and team roping events, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding events. Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company presented the event which was sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance.
Bellator Fighting Championship 65 was presented in the Ballroom April 13. The evening of MMA was presented by Caesars Atlantic City. Young bantamweight Eduardo Dantas choked out Zach Makovsky to become Bellator's new 135-pound titleholder.
After a five year absence, the Greatest Show on Earth returned to Boardwalk Hall with five shows from April 19 – 22. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Barnum Bash brought exotic animals, acrobats, clowns and more in an all-new production.
"Bad" Chad Dawson won a majority decision and WBC/The Ring titles over reigning Light Heavyweight champ Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins following their greatly anticipated 12 round showdown on April 28. Earlier, former Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell landed a third round TKO over Chazz Witherspoon, retaining his undefeated record and winning the NABO Heavyweight title. The boxing card was presented by Caesars Atlantic City, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, and televised live on HBO.
The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority recognized the market’s hospitality workforce at the Atlantic City Host Awards May 9 in the Ballroom.
On May 11, the MMG Invasion Tour, starring Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana, played the arena.
The Mother’s Day Music Festival returned May 12, featuring the legendary Charlie Wilson, Patti Labelle and Johnny Gill.
On May 27, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bel, Mike Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant – collectively known as New Edition – performed their special blend of R&B and soul.
Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn filled the arena with his signature music of Qawwali and Bollywood on June 2. It marked his second Boardwalk Hall appearance in two years.
Atlantic City High School held their annual high school graduation in the arena on June 20.
Pop and Latin music icons Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias performed two sizzling sets during their July 29 concert. It marked the first time both artists performed in Boardwalk Hall. Frankie J. opened the show.
Local parrotheads celebrated the return of Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer Band August 4. Boardwalk Hall was once again transformed into Margaritaville as Buffett brought his “Lounging At The Lagoon” tour to Atlantic City.
The annual Wedding and Blessing of the Sea was celebrated in the Ballroom August 15.
Three of the hottest ambassadors of Latin music - Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis and Chayanne - brought their Gigant3s Tour to Atlantic City August 17.
Cirque Du Soleil Dralion brought seven exciting and evocative performances to Boardwalk Hall from August 29 through September 2. This was the third Cirque Du Soleil production to play Atlantic City.
American Idol Live! 2012 Tour featured the season’s top 10 finalists when they played the arena September 7.
Madonna brought her MDNA Tour to a sold-out Boardwalk Hall September 15. Caesars Atlantic City presented the show.
NBA pre-season action rebounded into the Hall October 13 when the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Brooklyn Nets. While the Nets came out strong and led for most of the game, the Sixers rallied in the last quarter to push the game into overtime. The Nets prevailed 108 – 105 before a crowd of 6,887 fans. The event was presented by Caesars Atlantic City.
On November 9, Carrie Underwood brought her “Blown Away” Tour to Boardwalk Hall before a sold out crowd. Hunter Hayes performed as special guest. It marked the first major concert in Atlantic City following the superstorm Sandy, prompting Ms. Underwood to announce that she would donate all proceeds from the show to New Jersey communities devastated by the storm.
An evening of boxing was presented on November 17 by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Boxing and Caesars Atlantic City. The featured fight saw Adrian Broner defeat Antonio Demarco with an 8th round TKO for the WBC Lightweight World Championship. The undercard featured Seth Mitchell falling to Johnathon Banks in a 2nd round KO for the NABO and WBC International Heavyweight Championship. Golden Boy/Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars pledged to donate $2 for each ticket sold plus $1,000 for each knockout to provide relief to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, whose facilities sustained damage following superstorm Sandy. More than $42,000 was raised, $14,000 from all seven fights ending in knockouts. The two title fights were broadcast live on HBO.
“Operation Hat Trick”, a charity hockey game comprised of top NHL hockey players from several franchises, was contested November 24 in front of 10,792 fans. The proceeds from ticket sales and auctions, which totaled $500,000, benefited New Jersey and New York residents impacted by superstorm Sandy. It was the largest crowd to turn out for a hockey game since the Hall’s 2001 reopening. Team Richards, fronted by Brad Richards of the New York Rangers, defeated Team Hartnell, fronted by Philadelphia Flyer Scott Hartnell 10 to 6 in a game filled with exuberant players and fans cheering “we want hockey”. The players included Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist making 57 saves, New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur, and Simon Gagne, Wayne Simmonds, Daniel Carcillo, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk and Steven Stamkos, among many others. The game drew national media attention in part by the participation of NHL players eager to take the ice after being sidelined by a two month lockout. The event was presented by Caesars Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Boardwalk Hall.
On November 25 the AHL Albany Devils played the first of four regular season games scheduled for winter of 2012/2013. The Devils played a thrilling and physical game against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, losing 5 – 4 in an overtime shootout.
Hip hop artists Fabolous, Future, Teyana Taylor, the Roc Reunion and other performed in the Ballroom December 29.
The AHL Albany Devils fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a closely contested 5 - 4 game January 13.
All Stars of Hip Hop returned to Boardwalk Hall for the second year in a row on January 19 featuring legendary hip hop acts such as Shock G from Digital Underground, Black Sheep, Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Salt N Pepa, and DMX.
The AHL Albany Devils returned to Boardwalk Hall to take on the Adirondack Phantoms on January 20 but fell short in a 3-2 shootout loss.
On January 26 country queen Miranda Lambert brought her "Locked and Reloaded" Tour to Boardwalk Hall along with special guest Dierks Bentley and opening act Thomas Rhett.
Sammons Productions returned for the 11th year of the Gamblers Classic with the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races of February 1 and 2. The big winner of the weekend was Anthony Sesely who took the TQ Midget Gamblers Classic title after winning by a small margin over Jimmy Blewett.
On February 16, Adrien Broner defended his WBC Lightweight title after knocking out opponent Gavin Rees in the fifth round. The night of boxing was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Caesars Atlantic City and the two title fights were televised live on HBO.
Iconic English rock band The Who brought their "Quadrophenia and More" Tour to Boardwalk Hall on February 22. They performed their classic hits for a sold out crowd. Vintage Trouble served as the opening act.
The Philadelphia Mummers allowed the audience to relive the magic of New Year’s Day with their annual "Show of Shows" performance on February 23.
The AHL Albany Devils returned to Boardwalk Hall on February 24 to wrap up their four-game mini-series with a 6-4 win over the Hershey Bears.
The New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships returned to Boardwalk Hall on March 8, 9, and 10 where Anthony Ashnault of South Plainfield became the first undefeated four time state champion in New Jersey wrestling history.
The Union Dutchmen took the Championship title for the second year in a row in the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship on March 22 and 23 with a score of 3-1 over Brown University. Top seeded Quinnipiac won the consolation game with a score of 3-0 over Yale. Union, Quinnipiac, and Yale advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four where Yale beat Quinnipiac in a 4-0 game for the National Championship. The event was presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
WWE returned to Boardwalk Hall for the first time in 5 years with the Road to Wrestlemania Tour. Enthusiastic fans welcomed back their favorite Superstars from Raw and Smackdown including John Cena, Chris Jericho, The Shield, and Big Show, among others.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brought their brand new show Fully Charged to Boardwalk Hall on April 18-21. The show featured exotic animals, highwire stunts, knife throwing acts, a laser light show, and more.
Former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir and their band Furthur returned for their much anticipated Spring Tour on April 27. The show at Boardwalk Hall sold out.
The Atlantic City Host Awards was presented in the Ballroom on May 8. The annual event recognizes the local hospitality industry and employees.
A sold-out crowd attended the May 11 Mother’s Day Music Festival that featured the smooth sounds of Charlie Wilson, Jaheim, Freddie Jackson and El DeBarge.
Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City presented a marathon of boxing on May 18. The card featured 11 fights beginning at 3:45 in the afternoon. Lucas Matthysse won a third round TKO over Lamont Peterson in a battle between the two Jr. Welterweight champs. Earlier, IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander defeated Lee Purdy after the referee stopped the fight, resulting in a seventh round TKO. The two main events were televised.
The East Coast Gaming Congress was held in the Ballroom and on the Concourse May 21 and 22.
Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn returned to Boardwalk Hall on May 25 with a concert of popular Qawwali music.
The Atlantic City High School senior class held graduation exercises in the arena June 19.
A reception and graduation program for 250 graduates of LeadACT (Lead Atlantic City Tomorrow program) was held in the Ballroom on July 17.
On July 26, Beyonce brought “The Mrs. Carter Show” to Boardwalk Hall and performed her hits to a sold out crowd. Luke James served as the opening act. Following the show, Beyonce’s publicist released on-line photos of the star playing the Midmer Losh organ prior to the concert.
Journey and Rascal Flatts performed for an enthusiastic crowd on August 4 at Boardwalk Hall in one of only two co-headlining shows. Cassadee Pope, winner of the third season of The Voice, opened up for both groups.
The annual Wedding and Blessing of the Sea was celebrated in the Ballroom August 15.
The August 31 and Sept. 1 AC Comedy Festival showcased popular comics Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Don DC Curry, Mark Curry, EarthQuake, DL Hughley, Arnez J, DeRay Davis, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Dominique.
After a nine year absence, the Miss America Competition made a triumphant return to Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall on September 10, 11, 12 and 15. Following three nights of preliminaries, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned Miss America 2014 in front of an enthusiastic crowd that cheered the return of the iconic event. The show was broadcast live on ABC and seen by more than 9.4 million viewers.
Giddyup! The Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo galloped back into Boardwalk Hall on October 5 and 6. More than 220 cowboys and cowgirls from across the US vied for $85,000 in prize money during seven competitions daily. The PRCA event was promoted by the Atlantic City Alliance and held during the same weekend as the debut of the DO AC Smokin’ Hot BBQ Championship.
Bernard Hopkins created his own boxing history at Boardwalk Hall on October 26, when at age 48 the Philadelphia legend became the oldest boxer to defend a world title. He earned a 12 round unanimous decision over 30 year old challenger Karo Murat to retain his IBF Light Heavyweight title. On the undercard, WBO Middleweight champion Peter Quillen also retained his title courtesy following a 10th round TKO of opponent Gabriel Rosado. Referee Allen Huggins stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside physician after Rosado sustained a deep cut over his left eye. Both bouts were televised live on Showtime. The card was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City.
Rock and roll jam band Phish returned to Boardwalk Hall for another three day sellout. The popular band drew more than 42,000 fans for the October 31, November 1 and 2 concerts.
The NJEA All State Orchestra and Choir performed in the Ballroom November 8.
On December 7, the Ballroom hosted an exciting boxing card presented by Caesars Atlantic City and Top Rank. In the main event, WBA/WBO Super Bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux kept his title following a 12th round unanimous decision over former champ Joseph Agbeko. In Middleweight action, Matthew Macklin earned a 10th round unanimous decision over Lamar Russ, and James Kirkland handed north Jersey favorite Glen Tapia his first defeat after a fight stoppage in the 6th round of a Jr. Middleweight contest. All three fights were televised by HBO.