Trump Plaza implosion - 19 things to know
Here are some facts about the casino:
• The property opened as Harrah's
at Trump Plaza on May 14, 1984.
• Donald Trump himself
was no longer an owner at the time of its closure.
• Billionaire Carl
Icahn assumed ownership of Trump’s former casino company from bankruptcy court
• The 10.5-acre
property where the Plaza sits is owned by Icahn.
• The property sits at
the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway.
• Once cleanup is
complete, city officials hope the property can be sold or leased and then
• City officials hope
another casino won’t be built, and are pushing for more family entertainment.
• Demolition was
supposed to take place in January, but a series of delays pushed the event to Feb. 17.
• Bids reached as high
as $175,000 to push the detonation button, but the auction was cancelled
following a lawsuit.
• During its heyday, the Plaza
hosted Mike Tyson fights and WrestleMania IV and V.
former casino once housed over 80 table games and 2,000 slot machines.
Marty Small says demolition has nothing to do with politics, as the building
has been closed since 2014.
Trump lost a legal battle in effort to build a parking area over a home of a
widowed mother of 5.
Plaza sits at Boardwalk and Mississippi Avenue.
Plaza stands at 321 feet tall, with 32 floors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
last game ever played in the casino was a game of Blackjack on September 26,
• The East Tower opened in two
phases, in October 1995 and February 1996. The expansion continued with
the May 1996 opening of Trump World's Fair. The renovation cost is $48 million.