On Wednesday, a once-famous casino owned by Donald Trump, where famous movie stars, athletes and business people used to party, was torn down and turned into a pile of rubble in Atlantic City. The former Trump Plaza casino, which ceased operations in 2014, has fallen into such disrepair that its building pieces have begun to peel off and collapse to the ground.
A series of loud explosions shook the building around 9 a.m. and the structure collapsed in less than 20 seconds. The remaining pile of rubble is about eight stories high and will be removed by June 10. Some of it may be used by environmentalists interested in building an artificial fishing reef off the Atlantic City coast, the Associated Press reported. Additional parts of the casino-hotel complex, including the administrative and outbuildings, will be demolished shortly using heavy equipment, but not explosives.
Opened in 1984 when Trump was the developer, Trump Plaza was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City. The former president sold the casino to another billionaire Carl Icahn, who purchased Trump's two remaining casinos in 2016. It was the site of large-scale events such as Mike Tyson's boxing bouts or a Rolling Stones concert.
According to the Guardian, despite the casino's popularity among celebrities, there was a contest for people who wanted to push the button and blow up this building.
Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to close in 2014, victims of an oversaturated casino market in both New Jersey City and the Northeast Coast as a whole. By the time it closed, Trump Plaza was the least profitable casino in Atlantic City. The administration received as much money from players in eight and a half months as the market-leading neighboring Borgata did every two weeks.