Trump Plaza casino demolished after 4 decades of glamour!

The famous Trump Plaza hotel and casino located next to the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey is now just a memory and a relic of some special times.

Designed by famous architect Martin Stern JR. this attraction was built in 1984.

The location where many celebrities from Hollywood, the music industry, and sports gathered.

This was a casino where many scenes from American popular casino movies were filmed including James Bond, Oceans 11 and others.

A place with so much life in itself is today only a pile of dust and stones remains.

The former jewel of the Atlantic City – Trump Plaza casino, which has not been in operation since September 2014, was demolished last month (February 17, 2021) due to the danger it posed to the environment.

Namely, the building collapsed so much that pieces of it began to fall off the ground around it.

Trump Plaza casino implosion process

On Thursday, February 17, around 9 am, citizens of Atlantic City heard a loud explosion that hit the building.

In less than 20 seconds after the implosion, the entire infrastructure collapsed into itself, creating a huge cloud that spread to the surroundings of the nearby beach and boardwalk.

Photo taken in the implosion moment of Trump Plaza casino.
Trump Plaza casino disappeared in a cloud of dust for no more than 20 seconds after implosion. Photo/NZHerald.

According to the NZ Herald, the mayor of Atlantic City stated that this was a historic moment and that he accompanied it with excitement and chills.

Marty Small Sr. (Atlantic City major)

He also added that works are just starting here and that the remaining ruin is 8 floors high. Complete removal should be completed by June 10.

The remains of the building will be recycled into an artificial fishing reef that is planned to be built on the Atlantic coast.

In addition to the building that was demolished with over 2,000 dynamite sticks, there are surrounding parts of the complex that were not mined.

The mayor stated that they will be dealt with by machines and not by explosives.

History of Trump’s Plaza casino

The removal of this infrastructure, which was located in the very center of the city, will open many chances for the development of new opportunities.

Trump Plaza casino before
Trump Plaza (1991)

Bernie Dillon who was the casino manager from 1984 to 1991 stated this casino at the time put the entire Atlantic City as well as Trump Plaza on the map which was amazing.

The golden times were it said Dillon, superstars like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, all the way to Hulk Hogan you could meet in the hallway or in the casino playing roulette or blackjack.

Sporting events like Mike Tysone’s boxing fights have also raised the rating of this casino.

Dillon said he even met Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty on one occasion to have a private conversation.

And not only that, other stars of the time, such as Madonna, Don Johnson, Sean Penn, were frequent guests at the casino, and even Muhammad Ali would sometimes play his favorite casino games.

It was a special time of my life, and I am very sorry that it had to go, but at least we have memories.

Bernie Dillon.

How did Trump Plaza Casino go bankrupt?

This complex was built by former President Donald Trump, in 2016 the building was acquired by billionaire Carl Icahn.

Although it was built by the former president, another billionaire Carl Icahn acquired the remaining two Trump casinos in 2016 from the last of many bankruptcies and owned the building.

The mayor planned to demolish the building back then and organize a demolition viewing for money that would be used to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Antlantic City.

The then owner Ali Icahn objected and prevented the demolition, and with his own money (NZ $ 243,000), donated to the club.

Trump Plaza complex at night.

The casino opened in 1984, at the time Mr. Trump was a real estate programmer, and at the time this casino was the most successful and popular casino in Antlantic City that exuded glamor and murmur.

They held mega events like boxing matches and concerts of super rock stars.

But in 1990, when Mr Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal, things began to rot. Accumulating debts, they forced Trump’s company to invest most of its funds in a new hotel and casino.

The day the Taj Mahal opened was the beginning of a disaster for Trump Plaza Casino. In order to give the maximum for Taj Mahal, they stopped any new investment in the Plaza casino, which resulted in its collapse and fall into the abyss.

Asphalting of this location is currently planned in order to provide new parking spaces, while a new project is being secretly considered.

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