SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2017

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September 2017 22 facility in New Jersey that reflects the city's seaside location. A 90-foot sky lit atrium lobby welcomes visitors into the facility, which features a seaside theme in sculp- ture, artwork and photographs. With more than 500,000 contiguous square feet of exhibit space on almost 31 acres, the ACCC is one of the largest event spaces on the East Coast. The complex includes five exhibit halls, from 29,400 square feet to 199,500 square feet. Forty- five meeting rooms, totaling 109,100 square feet, surround the atrium lobby and include soundproof panels, assisted lis- tening systems, and voice, video and data communications. The ACCC, Boardwalk Hall, Bader Field, Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center, the beach and board- walk are all used in conjunction with the main complex for indoor and outdoor sports events, according to Jessica Merrill, communications manager for Meet AC. Sports events hosted include indoor and outdoor volleyball, wrestling, cheer, dance, futsal, basketball, martial arts, triathlons, indoor and outdoor motorsports, and water- craft shows and events. Merrill said the Pro Watercross Tour brought 3,000 attend- ees and 18 professional competi- tors to the ACCC, and the Red Bull Global Rally Cross had more than 5,000 attendees at Bader Field. Other events included the IRONMAN 70.3, with 3,000 competi- tors and 10,000 attendees and the Jersey Surfside Festival, an indoor and outdoor volleyball tournament, with 5,000 athletes. The National Xball League and Offshore Powerboating also hosted events. "The Atlantic City Sports Commission under- stands the flexibility of the convention center as both an ideal location for both tradeshow and sporting events," Merrill said. "The concept of 'all under one roof' is becom- ing an integral part of sporting events as a whole and having the convention center as a location to host large sporting events is key. The community, especially the most immediate surrounding area such as The Walk (Tanger Outlets), benefits drastically from the parents, spectators and athletes who, during the down time, can be seen taking in the sites, shopping and eating." Being flexible and willing to provide top-notch customer service are two keys to a successful venue. Merrill said the con- vention center has flipped the ACCC from sporting event to a Bassnectar concert, reconfiguring space for the disparate events back-to-back. The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., is a versatile facility that includes a 93,028-square-foot exhibit hall, a 42,000-square-foot arena with seating for 9,300, a 12,000-square-foot ballroom and 32 meeting rooms. Many sports events are held in the ► Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS Atlantic City Convention Center The Ocean Center

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