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Trump Plaza timeline

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May 14, 1984: Harrah’s at Trump Plaza, half owned by Donald Trump and half by Harrah’s, opens.

March 11, 1986: Trump agrees to buy out Harrah’s and become the sole owner of what is now the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. The deal was completed two months later.

December 1988: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Caesars Atlantic City each record yearlong gross casino wins of more than $300 million, a new record for Atlantic City casinos.

June 27, 1988: In arguably the biggest event in Atlantic City sports history, Mike Tyson registers a 91-second knockout over Michael Spinks before a record crowd of 21,785 at Boardwalk Hall. Trump, who hosted the boxing match as owner of the Plaza, paid a then-record $11 million site fee to bring the showdown between undefeated heavyweight champions to town. It is still the largest crowd to see a sports event in town.

March 19, 1989: Trump buys the former Penthouse property with plans for an expansion of Trump Plaza. Pratt Hotel Corp. files a lawsuit, saying it had an agreement to buy the property.

Nov. 4, 1989: Hall of Fame boxer Evander Holyfield takes on Alex Stewart in a 12-round heavyweight fight acquired by Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino but held at Boardwalk Hall.

Dec. 17, 19 and 20, 1989: A multimillion-dollar contract with Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino brings the finale of the Rolling Stones’ sold-out North American “Steel Wheels” tour to Boardwalk Hall for the band’s first appearance in Atlantic City during the casino era. The band earns an estimated $4 million in salary alone for three shows, which is the biggest paycheck for concerts in Atlantic City history.


March 1992: Trump Plaza and Trump Castle file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

August-September 1993: The rusting steel superstructure of what once was to be the Penthouse casino is demolished, making way for an expansion of Trump Plaza.

Jan. 13 to 15, 1995: Soul singer and producer Barry White, a two-time Grammy Award-winner, makes his Atlantic City casino debut at Trump Plaza.

May 15, 1996: Trump’s World Fair, the former Trump Regency hotel/Atlantis/Playboy, opens as an extension of Trump Plaza.

July 20, 1998: Atlantic City resident Vera Coking wins her legal battle with Trump as she refused to sell her home on Columbia Avenue. The property was the battleground for a high-profile eminent domain case pitting Trump’s casino company and a state development agency against Coking. A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled against Trump, saying his attempts to use the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to seize Coking’s home for casino expansion were illegal. The Coking home was finally sold to Carl Icahn on Aug. 1, 2014. It has since been demolished.

Oct. 3, 1999: The World’s Fair casino closes.


May 2000: Demolition of the former World’s Fair casino begins.

February 2001: “Ocean’s 11,” a big-budget remake of the 1960 Frank Sinatra movie, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac, films at Trump Plaza and other locations in Atlantic City for three days.

March 1, 2003: The “Ray Charles America The Beautiful” slot machine, designed to assist the visually impaired, makes its Atlantic City debut, exclusive to Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

July 31, 2004: Country music legend Loretta Lynn performs in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Boardwalk Hall in a concert presented by Trump Plaza.

Feb. 13, 2009: Trump cuts ties with the casino, resigning from the board of directors of his troubled gaming company in a dispute with creditors over a $1.25 billion debt-restructuring plan. However, under a contractual agreement he receives a 10% fee for the use of his name on three of the city’s casinos.

Sept. 16, 2014: The financially troubled Trump Plaza, with its splashy Boardwalk facade that once formed the core of an East Coast gambling mecca, closes.

Feb. 26, 2016: Icahn Enterprises buys the Trump properties out of bankruptcy court.

March 12, 2020: Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. announces “today, we are utilizing our most aggressive action (to date) to bring down the former Trump Plaza” during a news conference at Boardwalk Hall.

Aug. 3, 2020: Work crews are seen on the site of the former Trump Plaza in the process of preparing for the building’s demolition.

Feb. 17, 2021: The former Plaza is scheduled for implosion at 9 a.m.

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