Trump Taj Mahal implosion – 20 things to know

• The property opened as Harrah’s
at Trump Plaza on May 14, 1984.

• Donald Trump himself
was no longer an owner at the time of its closure.

• Billionaire Carl
Icahn assumed ownership of Trump’s former casino company from bankruptcy court
in 2016.

• The 10.5-acre
property where the Plaza sits is owned by billionaire Carl Icahn.

• The property sits at
the center of the Boardwalk, at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway.

• Once cleanup is
complete, city officials hope the property can be sold or leased and then
developed.

• City officials hope
another casino won’t be built, and are pushing for more family entertainment.

• Demolition was
supposed to take place in January, but a series of delays pushed the event to
today.

• Bids reached as high
as $175,000 to push the detonation button, but the auction was cancelled
following a lawsuit.

• During its heyday, the Plaza
hosted Mike Tyson fights, WrestleMania IV and V.

• The
former casino once housed over 80 table games and 2,000 slot machines.

• Mayor
Marty Small says demolition has nothing to do with politics, as the building
has been closed since 2014.

• Donald
Trump lost a legal battle in effort to build a parking area over a home of a
widowed mother of 5.

• The
Plaza sits at Boardwalk and Mississippi Avenue.

• The
Plaza stands at 321 feet tall, with 32 floors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

• The
last game ever played in the casino was a game of Blackjack on September 26,
2014.

• The East Tower opened in two
phases, in October 1995 and February 1996. The expansion continued with
the May 1996 opening of Trump World’s Fair. The renovation cost is $48 million.

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