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Official Review by Andrew Van Cleve, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Boardwalk Hall is a sports venue with no official team. This is similar to Atlantic City since no one is a “local” and everyone is a “tourist.” But Boardwalk Hall is located right in the middle of Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk and is a venue that no sports fan should miss. The combination of gambling, beaches and a sporting event makes Atlantic City a perfect sports travel destination.
In 2012, the arena has hosted a variety of sporting events including the AHL All-Star Game, the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament and the WBC Light Heavyweight Title Fight between Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins.
Boardwalk Hall is most famous for hosting boxing matches. Any boxing fan must put the arena on their list of venues to watch a fight. Mike Tyson defended his undisputed Heavyweight Title four times at Boardwalk Hall with his most famous bout at the venue being the 91 second knockout of Michael Spinks.
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Food and drinks at Boardwalk Hall are reasonably priced when you consider you are in a tourist destination. The main concession stands sell standard fare of burger ($8.50), hot dog ($7.50) or chicken tenders ($7) combination plates which come with fries.
Of course, you are in Atlantic City so there are plenty of beer and alcohol stands. Beers are not terribly priced at $7.50. If you come with the kids, they have a few candy stands to keep them entertained.
Do not expect any pre-game festivities at Boardwalk Hall. All fans are in the casinos or eating before the event. For a boxing match, make sure you come in your best attire. Most of the fans in the arena are planning to hit up the casinos or a club after the event and are dressed to impress. This is one sporting event where you do not want to be under-dressed.
As I already mentioned, the Boardwalk is the place to be in Atlantic City. Beaches and casinos line the four mile stretch. Halfway in between the four mile walk is Boardwalk Hall. The arena is right next door to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.
If you are looking for an amazing sandwich, walk two blocks away from the Boardwalk along Mississippi Avenue. White House Sub Shop on the corner of Mississippi and Arctic Avenues opened in 1946 and is famous for their Italian. If you cannot find the location, they recently opened a second location in the Taj Mahal.
Atlantic City does not have a lack of other restaurant options. You will either find a National chain restaurant (from Ruth's Chris Steak House to Applebee's to McDonald's) along Atlantic Ave., the obligatory casino buffet or an upscale restaurant anywhere along the Boardwalk.
As you walk into the arena, you cannot miss Kennedy Plaza. Kennedy Plaza is an amphitheater for outdoor concerts, but it was dedicated for John F. Kennedy in 1964 and contains his bust.
Although the arena is not sold out for any sporting event, the fans that are in attendance are the sport's biggest. They took the time to travel from their home city to Atlantic City to watch their favorite sport live.
While parking is easy around Atlantic City, it can also be expensive depending on where you park. The Boardwalk Hall parking lot tends to be $20 for sporting events, although it was only $9 for the AHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Other options are to park in one of the casinos for around $20 or in the South Jersey Transportation Parking lot on the corner of Missouri Ave. and Atlantic Ave. for $12 for 24 hours.
If you do not want to drive to Atlantic City, you can always take the Atlantic City Rail Line from Philadelphia operated by New Jersey Transit. The train station is ¾ mile walk from the arena and runs at reasonable times.
Tickets at Boardwalk Hall are reasonably priced and are a great reason to take a break from the beach or the casinos. The cheapest tickets for the boxing match were $25, but increased sharply. So buy your tickets early if you are planning to go.
For any other event, you can wait until the day-of and buy from ticket scalpers outside the arena. However, if you do not want to wait since you are traveling to the event, buy the cheapest seats available. There are plenty of empty seats in the arena so you can pretty much sit wherever you like.
You are in Atlantic City and going to a sporting event. While the events are not as glamorous as Las Vegas events, the location of the arena "trumps" Las Vegas.
Also, the arena is generally a very family friendly venue. Of course, boxing is an exception as it is still very much a nightlife sport.
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