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Mar 12, 2015

DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl Brings Professional Indoor Football To Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, May 30


Atlantic City, NJ, March 11, 2015 – An ambitious effort spearheaded by Ron Jaworski’s Arena Football League franchise, joined by state and local business development groups and daily fantasy sports leader DraftKings, has resulted in a new nationally televised professional football event for Atlantic City.

The inaugural DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl is expected to attract more than 10,000 fans to Boardwalk Hall on May 30 to watch the Philadelphia Soul battle the League’s newest franchise, the Las Vegas Outlaws. The contest will be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

“The game will be the centerpiece for a weekend of entertainment and commerce for the community,” said Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback,NFC Player of the Year, and current ESPN analyst. “We’re excited to bring our brand of high flying, high scoring arena football to Atlantic City and we are eager for residents and visitors to join the fun.”

Billed as the “Brawl at the Hall,” the game is the first top-level sporting event brought to the city by the newly formed Atlantic City Sports Commission (ACSC). The state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has provided support in the form of a special event grant.

According to Soul co-owner and star NFL wide receiver Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints), playing a game in Atlantic City this season is the Soul’s way of participating in the revitalization of the Boardwalk. Colston knows something about turnarounds having been in New Orleans for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“We’ve seen what football can do to help rejuvenate a community,” said Colston. “That’s why we are so pleased to be able to bring the arena game to our many loyal fans in the Atlantic City area.”

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said the game involving the country’s two best known gaming centers was a chance to showcase the City’s visitor assets for a large national audience.

“We’re really grateful to Ron Jaworski and the Arena Football League for helping put the DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl on their 2015 schedule,” he said. “This also represents a strong start for the Sports Commission, which was formed earlier this year to bring these kinds of events to our shore.”

For Boardwalk Hall, the “Brawl” marks another milestone in the history of the iconic facility, which hosted the first-ever indoor college football game in 1930. Home to political conventions, the Miss America Pageant, and a host of international celebrity concerts, the Hall will now once again host professional arena football.

Fran Rodowicz, General Manager of Global Spectrum at Boardwalk Hall, said his organization is thrilled to be the game venue. “In addition to providing fans with professional football action, the Brawl will bring visitors to town; and that will give us a chance to show off what Atlantic City has to offer,” he said.

Tickets start at $15 and go on sale beginning Friday March 13 at noon EST. Individual and group tickets can be purchased by calling 888-879-SOUL or by visiting www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com.

When the DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl comes to town, it will be a homecoming of sorts for Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera, who is known in New Jersey for his work shepherding Trump and Tropicana casinos back to health following bankruptcy proceedings.

“When Jaws told me about his plan for this game, it was a rush because I share his feelings for Atlantic City and we both want to see it make a comeback,”Butera said. “If the DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl does as well as we expect, we’ll be developing more marquee destination games based on geography, history, and ownership. It is one of the luxuries of being with the Arena League now. To give a great fan experience, we can exercise a lot of creative license.”

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. 

About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com and www.twitter.com/njcrda

The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.

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About DraftKings

Launched in April 2012, Boston-based DraftKings, Inc. is the largest, U.S.-based online gaming destination where players engage in daily fantasy sports competitions across fantasy professional football, baseball, golf, basketball, hockey, soccer, and mixed martial arts, and college football and basketball. DraftKings offers free and pay contests every day that award cash prizes. All contests feature a salary cap format, and new contests are offered every day with instantaneous prize distribution for winners. For more information, visit DraftKings at www.draftkings.com, like DraftKings at

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About Tropicana Atlantic City

Tropicana Casino and Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring 2,079 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. Must be 21. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. For more information, visit the official Web site at www.tropicana.net or:
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Tropicana is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Missouri, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 5,500 rooms, 8,000 slot positions and 270 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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