The Associated Press reports that the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City was demolished today. The venue was the billed host of Wrestlemania IV and V, although they were actually held next door at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall.
The venue originally opened in 1984 and ran until 2014, although it had periods of financial hardship prior to that and filed for bankruptcy multiple times (2004, 2009, 2014). It had fallen into such a state of disrepair since then that pieces of the building were peeling off and falling to the ground. The building was imploded this morning around 9 AM with 3,000 sticks of Dynamite. It took less than twenty seconds to complete.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said: “I got chills. This is a historic moment. It was exciting.”
Small guessed the rubble is around eight stories tall and will be removed by June 10. Other parts of the venue on Boardwalk and Pacific Avenue, the main road along the row of casinos, were not included. They will be demolished later with heavy equipment.
You can see clips of the building coming down below
Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City just imploded. pic.twitter.com/XSBecAp28R
— euronews (@euronews) February 17, 2021
There it is. pic.twitter.com/sb9HElZxKE
— Ahmad Austin (@ACPressAustin) February 17, 2021
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino imploded in Atlantic City, NJ.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2021