Trump’s Former Atlantic City Casino to be Blown Up
Just weeks after the end of the Trump presidency, the former Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is set to be imploded on February 17 at 9am.
According to the city’s mayor, Marty Small Sr., there has been interest in the event from around the world. There was even an auction being held to press the start button, with bids reaching as high as $175,000 before authorities were forced to cancel it after the building’s current owner Carl Icahn objected.
While the auction has been cancelled, Icahn has promised to donate $175,000 to the Boys & Girls Club, the intended beneficiary. Furthermore, a second auction is being held, for one of the 10 viewing spots inside One Atlantic together with an overnight stay in Hard Rock or Ocean casinos.
Those who cannot afford the auction will also have the chance to watch from Bader Field, the former municipal airport.
However, Small has been keen to downplay the symbolism of the implosion and insisted it is more about removing the building and opening the area for new development. Furthermore, he added that even without the name ‘Trump’ on the building, people would still be interested.
The remainder of the complex, which include a second tower, will be brought down by demolition rather than implosion.
In regards to the cancelled auction, a spokesperson for Icahn said in a statement,
“From the beginning, we thought the auction and any other related spectacle presented a safety risk, and we were always clear that we would not participate in any way.”
Trump’s former casino opened in 1984 and eventually closed in 2014. It has since fallen into a state of disrepair and demolition work began last year. It was initially scheduled to be blown up on January 29, but this has been pushed back a few weeks.
The news has been welcomed by many including one person who Tweeted, “As an Atlantic City native and former employee of Tr*** Plaza, let me just say how thrilled I am to see this monstrosity destroyed. It has been a blight for years. ... I will be toasting it from a suite at Bally’s.”