Auction planned for seats to view demolition of Trump Plaza in Atlantic City


The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. | AP photo

Bidders could soon be battling for a front-row seat to watch the demolition of Trump Plaza, the vacant, derelict former Atlantic City casino that once featured the former president’s name in bright red letters.

An auction for the right to press the button to blow up the building, which has been vacant since 2014, was suspended this week due to the owner’s objection. Joe Bodnar, owner of Bodnar’s auction that ran the original auction, said he was expecting another auction for seats at a “viewing party” to see the tower fall down sometime next month.

“We have another auction that looks like it’s going to take place and that should be later today or tomorrow, but it looks like we’re selling a party,” Bodnar said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “You can come and be a guest of the city and watch the implosion as closely as possible.”

Because of its obvious symbolism, the first cancel button auction made national headlines and was crowned with a maximum bid of $ 175,000 that went to the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club. But the owner of the building – casino mogul ally Carl Icahn, an ally of former President Donald Trump – Put the kibosh on the Monday ideaciting safety concerns.

The Icahn Foundation plans to donate the money directly.

Neither the Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small nor a spokesman for the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club could be immediately reached for comment.

Bodnar said the plan for the new auction is to offer 10 seats to the audience. While the bids start at $ 10 each, Bodnar estimates that each pair could fetch $ 3,000 to $ 5,000.

“But I think everything under the sun here could do as well as it did the first sale,” said Bodnar.

Bodnar said he doesn’t think Icahn’s permission is necessary for the event.

“My understanding is as long as his name is not known and as long as it has nothing to do with him – only with the city,” he said.

Trump Plaza – the first of three casinos Trump owned in the resort town – opened in 1984 and closed in 2014. One of several in the city went dark as it suffered from competition from neighboring states. The following year, Trump’s Castle, later renamed Trump Marina, opened. It was sold in 2011 and now functions as the Golden Nugget. Another Trump Atlantic City Casino, Trump Taj Mahal, opened in 1990 and closed in 2016. The building has been preserved and is now the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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