The comeback story of Atlantic City will be throwing a big party later this month, as the shuttered Revel Casino property will be lively again for a kickoff celebration set to feature some big names.
The 6.4-million-square-foot property at 500 Boardwalk has been viewed by some as a symbol for the gambling town’s struggles, as the hulking structure cost $2.4 billion to build and survived just two years before closing in 2014. But Hyatt, who announced in April that they entered a franchise agreement to operate the re-branded venue as Ocean Resorts Casino, is hoping to leave all that in the past with a Grand Opening celebration set for June 28.
As part of the festivities, parties at the facility’s HQ2 Beachclub will be held on June 29 and continue throughout the weekend. They will feature DJ sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Jermaine Dupri, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Tickets can be purchased directly through the venue.
The re-opening of the 1,399-room hotel and casino is welcome news for Atlantic City’s northern end, which has become a bit of a ghost town after Revel and nearby Trump Taj Mahal closed years ago. Features of Ocean Resorts include a 138,000-square-foot casino with 100 table games and 2,200 slot machines, 160,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and 16 different dining options ranging from the Ocean Buffet to brands like Walhburgers.
Six swimming pools, including a saltwater pool and an ocean-facing sun deck, are on-site at Ocean Club, as is a Topgolf Swing Suite, a renovated 5,500 seat Ovation Hall, several nightclubs, 70,000 square feet of retail space, and a 32,000-square-foot spa dubbed Exhale. A full sports book was part of the plans for the property and could be opening soon, giving Ocean Club a shot at being the first AC casino to accept bets on professional sports following the Supreme Court’s ruling on legalizing sports betting.
All told, 3,200 full-time jobs will be created by opening Ocean Resorts, and more are coming to Atlantic City soon. The former Trump Taj Mahal property down the boardwalk is also scheduled to re-open as the Hard Rock Casino the very same day.