The crumbling Trump Plaza oceanfront casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was a major real estate property of former US President Donald Trump prior to his tenure in the White House, was demolished on Wednesday.
As the audience cheered, the 39-story hotel with 906 rooms and 8,000 square meters of gaming space for a number of casino games disappeared in a matter of seconds in a controlled implosion.
It was in ruins and a cloud of dust blew from the site on a sunny morning.
Trump, a flamboyant real estate developer prior to winning the presidency in 2016, opened the casino in 1984. It has been the site of numerous high profile boxing matches in which he has participated.
Bernie Dillon, event manager at the casino from 1984 to 1991, recalled the glory days of the casino's past.
"The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world has been really amazing," Dillon told the Associated Press. “Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole range of personalities. The night before a Tyson fight, I paused and looked about four rows in as the place filled and there were two guys leaning close together and having a private chat: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. "
"It was very similar: you had Madonna and Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah was in the ring with Donald," he recalled. “It was a special time. I am sorry that this is the case. "
But the facility later fell into disrepair, as did several other Atlantic City casinos, and closed in 2014.
In the end, the building was just a shell made of exposed concrete and plumbing.
The building's current owner, billionaire Carl Icahn, has not disclosed his plans for the prime real estate.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said the casino's demise was not about Donald Trump. This is not about politics. "
"Immediately after the implosion, the conversation shifts there," said Small.