The Playground opens as AC's newest non-gambling attraction

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Atlantic City has a new place to play.



And it doesn't involve gambling.



The Playground opened on Friday as the city's newest non-gambling attraction. It is Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's $52 million remake of the former Pier Shops at Caesars.



Its central attraction is T-Street, a collection of five music-themed venues in the spirit of Nashville's Music Row and 6th Street in Austin, Texas.



39 North is a concert hall where a decorative water fountain used to be and can hold several thousand fans. It can be used for meetings and receptions as well.



The complex also has shopping and dining, and a bowling alley and sports bar will be added by fall.



Blatstein says Atlantic City needs to offer more than the same old gambling experience in order to thrive.


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