Located within a few hours’ drive of nearly one third of the nation’s population and 20 percent of the country’s business addresses, the Atlantic City Convention Center has become a favorite location for convention, trade show and meeting planners.
Built under the auspices of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, (NJSEA), the $268 million Atlantic City Convention Center opened with much anticipation and fanfare on May 1, 1997.
Designed to incorporate and reflect Atlantic City’s seaside location, a regional décor is evident throughout the building. Wave-inspired carpeting, granite flooring, sea life medallions and famous flying fish hanging in the 90-foot-high skylit atrium adorn this magnificent building.
The facility contains 500,000 square feet of contiguous space and occupies a site of nearly 31 acres. One of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in the nation, the center is turned on with cutting edge communications technology and offers the instantaneous transfer of information throughout the building or across the globe.
Five spacious exhibit halls are located on the building’s second level, ranging in size from 29,400 square feet to 199,500 square feet. The center’s 45 meeting rooms, totaling 109,100 square feet, surround the expansive atrium lobby. Room dimensions range from 672 square feet to 11,880 square feet. The rooms’ amenities include soundproof panels, assisted listening systems and voice, video and data communications.
Room 311, the Executive Level Presentation Room, features a large screen projection system with integrated video conferencing and videotape and audio input, ideal for interactive meetings and product demonstrations between the Convention Center and any point in the world.
The facility’s ample pre-function space, more than 32,000 square feet, is well suited to registration, retail or dining needs. There are 29 covered loading docks, four drive-in doors, mechanical levitators, and 1,400 indoor parking spaces.
The Atlantic City Convention Center is also home to a number of annual public shows that draw their audience from a large regional area, including the east coast’s largest indoor power boat show and the world’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles show.
The center is connected with the Atlantic City Rail Terminal, where the Atlantic City Line runs between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Jitneys, buses and taxis queue at the front of the building to provide service to other points within the city. A pedestrian airbridge links the Convention Center to the adjoining Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, a 500-room property.
The Convention Center has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine, the Gold Service Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine, the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine, the Prime Site Award from Facilities and Destinations Magazine and the Planner’s Choice Award from Meeting News. These awards are determined by ballot by the magazine’s readers who are convention, trade show and meeting planners.
The Atlantic City Convention Center is also topped with one of the largest single-roof solar arrays in the world.