The Borgata’s two entertainment venues — the roughly 3,000-seat Event Center and 1,000-seat Music Box — were ranked among the top 100 of their respective size categories worldwide by Pollstar, the premier publication and news-source for the concert industry. The list is based on ticket sales reported to Pollstar between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the past year. It was the fourth straight year both Borgata theaters made the list. “We could not be more pleased to have both of our entertainment venues on Pollstar’s lists,” says Borgata senior vice president Joe Lupo in a media release. “Over the last six years Borgata has been host to the biggest names in entertainment. We would not have been able to bring such high-caliber entertainment to Atlantic City without the help of our friends at [concert promoter] Live Nation, who have played an integral role in positioning Borgata as one of the country’s leading entertainment destinations.” In 2009, the Music Box hosted such sought-after headliners as David Cook, the Roots, Jewel, Roger Daltrey, Tracey Morgan, Chelsea Handler and Kathy Griffin. The Event Center hosted 17 of the Top 100 concert tours of 2009, including Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, John Legend, No Doubt, Depeche Mode, Blink 182, Mötley Crüe, Il Divo, New Kids on the Block, Kid Rock and (almost) Lady Gaga.
Taking In The View
Since late December, Atlantic City’s long promised scenic and unique event space at the top of The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic, has been open and slowly making an impact on the city. Billed as ideal for weddings with it sweeping views of the ocean, the space is already hosting events such as the Pearls for a Cause benefit, presented by Jewish Family Services on Feb. 4. The facility offers large spaces with floor to ceiling windows with views of the city’s skyline as well as the Boardwalk, and also offers a 2,500 square-foot garden terrace (presumably for less snowier times of the year). And though it just opened, more than 20 weddings have already been booked at the space, which offers full wedding planning and catering specialties. But the views still set the space apart and One Atlantic is already a jewel in the resort’s event venues. For information visit oneatlanticevents.com.
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Devil Wears Prada (seen to the left) opened for Killswitch Engage at the House of Blues last Friday night. Crowds braved the severe storm.
To be certain, the international vocal group Il Divo was hardly the music world’s first “manufactured” ensemble. The movie studio Screen Gems created The Monkees in 1965. Of more recent vintage, now-imprisoned music producer Lou Pearlman organized the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync in the mid-1990s.
This is not the sort of news that Atlantic City, which is mired in a four-year gaming revenue slump, needed to hear. And if you think one entertainment venue located 120 miles from the Boardwalk isn’t such a big deal, think again.
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