For Immediate Release: February 21, 2019
SPECTRA: Management Contract Renewed with Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall
Spectra, which has successfully managed the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall for the last five years, has announced the renewal of its contracts with both venues for another five years.
At the conclusion of a competitive search, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) board unanimously voted to extend Spectra’s venue management, food services & hospitality, and merchandise services through 2023, with the option to renew for two additional years.
Over the past five years, Spectra, the CRDA, and MEET AC have collaborated to host some of the most prominent, high-profile concerts, sporting events, and conventions, including the largest Northeast Pool & Spa Show, Bassnectar, Florida Georgia Line, Atlantic City Boat Show, Disney on Ice, and Spirit Cheer. In 2017, Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall hosted more than 40 events and generated over $1.8 million in total net revenue. Similarly, six new events were booked at the Atlantic City Convention Center, resulting in 21,000 attendees, 15,000 room nights, and an estimated economic impact of more than $13 million.
“The CRDA is delighted to extend our partnership with Spectra for the management of the world-class Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. 2019 promises to continue to expand and diversify our visitor base as we add even more new events and attractions.” added Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Chairman Robert E. Mulcahy.
“We are proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in partnership with the CRDA over the last five years at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall,” John Page, Spectra’s President of Content, Arenas & Stadiums, said. “We have increased event bookings, made a significant impact on capital projects, and improved community and promoter relations. Spectra looks forward to continuing to highlight everything that Atlantic City has to offer.”
Jim Wynkoop, General Manager of Boardwalk Hall, added: “Spectra has always and will always work tirelessly to ensure the arena and convention center exemplify the vibrancy of Atlantic City as a top destination for entertainment and conventions.”
Spectra first took over venue management services in January of 2014 and June of 2008 for food and beverage services. The food & beverage team continues to strive to meet and exceed guest’s expectations. Though innovative ideas, creative displays, signature drink specials and special promotions, the team’s vision for the future is to create exciting experiences for new and returning customers.
“We are excited to continue to bring Spectra’s signature style of fresh, innovative dining to the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall – where we have provided first-class service and offerings to the CRDA, City of Atlantic City residents, and members of the local community for over a decade,” Richard Schneider, COO and SVP of Spectra’s Food Services & Hospitality Division, said.
Schneider, who has decades of experience in food and hospitality in the gaming industry in Atlantic City and the Midwest, continued: “Culinary excellence is a key part of the guest experience, and we take pride in making that experience outstanding.”
Spectra currently manages 174 facilities, including 45 convention centers and 56 arenas. Spectra also handles food services in 242 facilities across North America, including 42 convention centers and 57 arenas.
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).
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 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 Facebook.com/njcrda, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.
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