Nov 12, 2014
BOARDWALK HALL HOSTS CITY’S HIGHEST ATTENDED BOXING MATCH IN SIX YEARS AND WELCOMED MORE THAN 12,500 ATTENDEES TO ARENA FOR HOPKINS VS. KOVALEV AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS OPEN PRACTICE THIS PAST WEEKEND
Global Spectrum, facility managers of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, welcomed more than 12,500 attendees for two events at Boardwalk Hall over the weekend.
On Saturday, November 8, light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev took to the ring in front of a crowd of more than 8,300 fans which is the highest attended boxing event in Atlantic City in 6 years. On the following Sunday afternoon, November 9, Claude Giroux and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers team took to the ice at Boardwalk Hall for the first time as a full team since 1982 in front of more than 4,500 die-hard fans.
Boardwalk Hall event attendees contributed significantly to the local economy during their visit to Atlantic City for the events. A post-event survey sent to online ticket purchasers of the Hopkins vs. Kovalev boxing match indicated:
- 78 percent of ticketholders dined in Atlantic City restaurants before or after the event
- 67 percent spent more than $200 during their time in Atlantic City outside of Boardwalk Hall on food, gambling, accommodations or retail
- 56 percent of ticketholders gambled in a local casino
- 52 percent of ticketholders stayed at an Atlantic City hotel during their visit for the event
- 49 percent of ticketholders traveled more than 100 miles to attend the event
The local economic boost is expected to continue in the coming week as the Atlantic City Convention Center will host three additional events. The MESCO 2014 Annual Dealer Trade Show will anchor down on November 13 through November 14 and is expecting more than 1,500 boating distributors and retailers to attend. Additionally, the convention center will welcome more than 3,500 students and parents to the 2014 Atlantic City National College Fair on November 13. To conclude the busy week, the ASAH will be utilizing the convention center for their 37th Annual Conference on November 13-14. More than 1,500 educators, caregivers, representatives of service organizations, and family members of those with special education needs are expected to attend the conference.
This week’s convention center events are expected to directly impact activity for local businesses in Atlantic City as the estimated delegate spending is anticipated to be reach more than $990 thousand. Additionally, more than 475 hotel rooms have been contracted by convention center visitors throughout this week.
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.
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