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JIM WHELAN BOARDWALK HALL: Inaugural Boardwalk Battle Collegiate Basketball Tournament

JIM WHELAN BOARDWALK HALL: Inaugural Boardwalk Battle Collegiate Basketball Tournament


Erin Bilton
(609) 348-7072

The inaugural Boardwalk Battle collegiate basketball tournament will be held at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this winter during the holiday season.  This year’s event will be held as a championship format tournament, with each winner from day one battling it out on day two for the Boardwalk Battle Tournament Championship. The four-game tournament will begin on Friday, December 21, and features Tulane vs Towson, followed by Alabama A&M vs La Salle.  The tournament festivities conclude on Saturday, December 22 with the third place game preceding the championship matchup.  The Boardwalk Battle Tournament Championship and MVP awards will be presented at the conclusion of the second day.  

Here’s what the coaches are saying:

“I’m very excited about bringing our team to Atlantic City for the Boardwalk Battle.  It’s not only an area that I’m from, but also a part of the country that we want to recruit.” – Tulane Head Coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr.


“We’re honored and excited to compete in the Boardwalk Battle.  We’re always happy for the opportunity to play against quality competition and to showcase our program.  We’re glad Russ Potts Productions have included us in this year’s tournament.  It should be a great event.” – Towson Head Coach Pat Skerry


“It’s an honor to play in the Boardwalk Battle tournament in Atlantic City. It’s a great field of teams, who have well respected coaches throughout the profession.  Alabama A&M is looking forward to competing at a high level.“ – Alabama A&M Interim Head Coach Dylan Howard


"We're excited to participate in the inaugural Boardwalk Battle tournament in Atlantic City. It should be a fun weekend of basketball right before the holidays, and we look forward to our alums and fans making the short trip to cheer us on." – La Salle Head Coach Ashley Howard


Tickets for the Boardwalk Battle go on sale Friday, October 19 at 11 am EST and are available for two-day or single-day packages.  All tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or through the Boardwalk Hall box office, plus over the phone at (800) 736-1420.




About Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is a multi-purpose facility located on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk.  The facility features a 141,000-square-foot main arena with a capacity of 14,770 seats as well as the 23,100-square-foot Adrian Phillips Theater with a capacity of 3,200.  Boardwalk Hall was built in 1929, opening as the Atlantic City Convention Hall.  At it’s opening, it was considered an architectural masterpiece having what claimed to be the “world’s largest clear span space” thanks to its 137 foot-high barrel vault ceiling.  Boardwalk Hall has been home to some truly historic events including the nation’s first indoor college football game (1930); the first officially titled “Miss America Pageant” in 1940; hosting the Army Air Forces headquarters and training facility during World War II from July 1942 until mid-November, 1945; the 1964 Democratic National Convention, site of Lyndon Johnson’s nomination, with 20,000 people in attendance; and the country’s first indoor helicopter flight (1970).  The United State Register of Historic Places made Boardwalk Hall a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  In 1998, the facility underwent a 3-year renovation and emerged in 2001 renamed Boardwalk Hall.  The renovation was honored with nine architectural and engineering awards including the 2002 Renovation Project of the Year from Design and Construction Magazine, plus the 2003 National Preservation Award.  Since the renovation, it has been a high performing mid-size arena for concerts based on box-office gross revenues.  As a sporting venue, Boardwalk Hall previously hosted the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship from 2007 to 2012, and is slated to host the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in 2020-22.   

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.

For More Information: www.boardwalkhall.com or by phone at (609) 348-7000

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About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at www.SpectraExperiences.com.


About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
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 since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com.  Follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/njcrda, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.   

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About RPPI
“Boardwalk Battle” is organized by Russ Potts Productions, Inc. (RPPI).  RPPI has organized over 850 major college and professional sporting events over 35 plus years in the industry.  RPPI is led by Founder and President Russ Potts.  Russ has been a pioneer in sports marketing since his time at the University of Maryland (his alma mater), then becoming Director of Athletics at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  Russ also served as Vice President of the Chicago White Sox before becoming a four-term State Senator in Virginia.   

RPPI’s sports marketing and event organization arm is currently managed by Senior Vice President Zach Franz, and Director of Business Development Adam Syprzak.  In addition to sports marketing, promotion, and event organization, RPPI also provides business development, consulting, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship services.   

For More Information: www.rppi.net or by phone at (540) 665-0598

Contact: Adam Syprzak, Director of Business Development | RPPI, (540) 300-8326, [email protected]