What’s New in Atlantic City: Meetings, Events and the 2022 New Construction Launch

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With the return of large-format, in-person meetings and events, Atlantic City is on the rebound, predicting a nearly 40% increase in overnight bookings in 2022, compared to the prior year.

While the destination received more than 230,000 room nights booked for meetings, conventions, events and coaches in 2021, Meet AC forecasts more than 319,000 room nights and $247 million in future spending for delegates in the coming months.

“We are seeing strong pent-up demand for live business and consumer events this year with a strong schedule of meetings, conventions and sporting events already scheduled for the first quarter,” said Larry Sieg, President and Chief management of Meet AC. “Not only will Atlantic City see increased economic impact from this healthy tourist influx, but the destination will also benefit from the ramp-up of new hotel, retail and attractions, including the highly anticipated Island Waterpark in Showboat Hotel, which will be the largest indoor waterfront water park in the world.

First Quarter Events in Atlantic City

Northeast American Regional Futsal Championship

The Northeast USA Regional Futsal Championship, the largest futsal competition in the United States, will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center from February 18-21.

The deadline to register is February 1st with a registration fee of $625 per team.

The event expects 8,000 participants, 6,041 overnight stays and $5.6 million in economic spinoffs.

The Harlem Globetrotters

On February 22 at 7 p.m., bring the whole family to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall to see the famous Harlem Globetrotters for a night of mind-blowing basketball moves, unmissable swag and an unmissable combination of skill and play.

Part of The Spread Game Tourattendees will have the opportunity to experience a variety of new premium fan experiences, including unprecedented access, celebrity passes, meet and greets, and the all-new #SQUADZONE, where fans will truly have feel like part of the show.

Visit www.boardwalkhall.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Atlantic City Progressive Boat Show

Atlantic City’s Progressive Insurance Boat Show, presented by Discover Boating, lands at the Atlantic City Convention Center March 2-6.

Featuring respected brands such as Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Key West and Mercury Inflatables, among others, attendees are invited to view model boats and participate in activities for all ages, including a fishing simulator virtual boating skills trainer, building toy boats for kids, and exhibits of sand art by award-winning sand sculptor John Gowdy.

To buy tickets, go to www.acboatshow.com.

The event is expecting 40,000 attendees, 924 room nights and $64.4 million in economic impact.

NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships

New Jersey’s most decorated wrestlers will travel to Atlantic City for the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships Held at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall March 3-5.

With a state title on the line, contestants will cheer on their favorite high school stars when the mat comes out.

The event is expecting 32,822 attendees, 380 room nights and $5.1 million in economic impact.

MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

March 8-12, the 2022 Hercules Tires MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships return to historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The event begins with a whistleblower at 7 p.m. on March 8 and continues until March 12, ending with the championship games.

The event expects 7,000 attendees, 1,644 room nights and $3 million in economic impact.

American Cornhole League (ACL) National Tournament

The Showboat Hotel is the place to be this March for all things cornhole. The fastest growing sports league kicks off the American Cornhole League National Tournament from March 18 to 20 with single and double parentheses.

The event, which will also be televised on ESPN, is expecting 800 attendees, 975 room nights and $677,000 in economic impact.

Q1 Conventions & Conferences in Atlantic City

Juice Nice Sneaker Convention

On February 12, the Atlantic City Convention Center will be transformed in the mecca of sneakers.

Sneakerheads and swag enthusiasts are invited to browse, buy and sell some of the world’s most sought-after sneakers and vintage apparel.

With appearances from three of the top sneaker influencers on social media (Jumperman Kris, Jay The Sneaker Guy, Roszko), this is a can’t-miss event for any sneaker lover.

The event expects 700 participants, 60 overnight stays and $219,000 in economic benefits.

2022 State Conference of the NJ Association of Music Educators

Held at the Atlantic City Convention Center from February 24-26, the NJMEA arrives in Atlantic City for three days of meetings and lectures on how to support and further develop K-12 students in the musical arts.

The event expects 2,000 participants, 561 overnight stays and $943,000 in economic benefits.

Tri-State Camp Conference

From March 14 to 16, the Atlantic City Convention Center will host the largest gathering of camping professionals in the world.

Guests will learn the ins and outs of camping and the great outdoors at one of more than 170 educational sessions while discovering new products at the more than 300 exhibit booths.

The event expects 3,800 participants, 2,005 overnight stays and an economic impact of $2.6 million.

Impressions Fair 2022

Celebrating over 40 years as the Northeast’s largest trade show in the decorated apparel industry, The Exhibition Prints returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center March 24-26, with workshops beginning the day before March 23.

The Impressions community is encouraged to explore the latest trends, technologies, demonstrations, techniques and new product lines essential to business growth.

The event expects 7,000 participants, 2,182 overnight stays and $3.9 million in economic spinoffs.

Mary Kay 2022

Iconic brand for more than 50 years, Marie-Kay Inc.. is coming to the Atlantic City Convention Center to showcase its wide variety of cosmetics from March 25-28.

The event expects 2,500 participants, 497 overnight stays and $1.1 million in economic spinoffs.

What’s New in Atlantic City

North Beach Mini Golf Eyes Summer Opening

Construction of the all-new North Beach Mini Golf is progressing for summer 2022.

Located at 120 Euclid Avenue, adjacent to the Altman Playground and steps from the Absecon Lighthouse, the mini-golf course will feature 18 holes and include historical aspects in its design, drawing attention to landmarks and sites notables of Garden State.

New sports experience at the Ocean Resort Casino

Following the $15 million casino floor renovation last year, Ocean Resort Casino has announced that in March it will begin construction of a new sports venue, combining a bar and entertainment lounge, as well as a an immersive gaming and sports betting experience.

The $4 million initiative is set to debut in the summer of 2022.

Island water park

Atlantic City is set to add a brand new attraction to its long collection of hotels and casinos with the launch of Island Waterpark, the world’s largest indoor beachfront water park.

Located at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City, spanning 103,000 square feet and featuring an array of waterslides, lazy rivers and pools, the water park will also include outlets, party rooms and lounges, as well as a retractable glass roof, making it the perfect year-round attraction.

The attraction is expected to open by Memorial Day 2023.

A new boutique hotel is gearing up to break new ground in Atlantic City

Following the approval of demolition plans for a property at 151 South New York Avenue, a new six-story, 14-room establishment named Cardinal Restaurant & Hotel, began construction.

The new hotel, which is slated to open in 2023, is just one of many investments being made in the “Orange Loop,” an area encompassing various properties along St. James, Tennessee and New York avenues. It will be the second non-casino project on New York Avenue in the past year, following plans to restore the historic Morris Guard Armory property.

For more information on upcoming meetings and events, visit meetac.com.

About Meet AC:

Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization created and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film productions and group tourism.

Meet AC focuses on three main objectives: sales, marketing and services.

For complete Atlantic City tourism and convention information, visit www.meetac.com.

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About the Atlantic City Athletic Commission

The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially established on January 13, 2015 as a 501(c)(3) organization with support from Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions in Atlantic City. .

For more information, visit www.atlanticcitysports.org.

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