Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, is a multi-purpose arena in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is a multi-purpose facility located on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk and features the 141,000-square-foot main arena with a capacity of 14,770 seats as well as the 23,100-square-foot Adrian Phillips Theatre with a capacity of 3,200. Constructed in 1929 as the country’s original convention center, for 93 years Boardwalk Hall has dazzled guests and residents of Atlantic City with legendary stage icons such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles.
Built in 1929 to host the city’s growing convention industry, the historic Hall was touted as an architectural marvel at that time. With its large 137 foot-high barrel vault ceiling, the Atlantic City Convention Hall as it was formerly known, laid claim to the world’s largest clear-span space during that period. 500,000 Contiguous Square-Feet of Exhibit Space. 5 Spacious Exhibit Halls. 45 Meeting Rooms. 29 Covered Loading Docks are the special features of the Convention Center.
Boardwalk Hall takes pride in a number of firsts. In 1930, it hosted the nation’s first indoor college football game; in 1940 the Hall became the home of the Miss America Pageant; from July 1942 until November 16, 1945, the Army Air Forces used Convention Hall as a headquarters and training facility during World War II; in 1964 the venue housed more than 20,000 visitors to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, the setting of Lyndon Johnson’s nomination; the country’s first indoor helicopter flight was made here in 1970, and Boardwalk Hall was listed on the United States Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark in 1987.