An Inside Scoop About the Inside of the Former Revel in Atlantic City
In a major exclusive, Townsquare Media's Harry Hurley has confirmed the following incontrovertible facts that will dispel the many rumors that have been circulating for more than a year regarding Revel Hotel & Casino - and details on when it may reopen.
Harry Hurley has learned and confirmed that Atlantic City officials Dale Finch, Fire Chief Scott Evans, Wally Shields, and Elizabeth Terenik (Atlantic City Director of Planning and Development) conducted a thorough inspection of Revel.
For the first time, we can report about the true condition of the building, since the northernmost casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk closed on September 2, 2014, after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time.
Many will be surprised to learn here for the first time that despite the many unsubstantiated rumors that you have heard during the past 1 1/2 years, Revel can be operational again with minimal delay.
This fact is confirmed by the local experts who toured it recently.
We have also learned that the facilities manager is pushing hard towards a potential June 15, 2016, re-opening. Atlantic City officials are not promising, but they are encouraged and now believe that this date is feasible.
These are the facilities that they anticipate would be a part of the initial re-opening of Revel:
- Several Restaurants
- 500 guest rooms (out of 1500)
- Ropes course in the 140 foot lobby
- A few clubs (but, not HQ)
- Swimming Pool
There will be many job opportunities. As such, Revel is looking at holding a job fair with the stated goal of bringing back as many former Revel employees (that are available) as possible.
The definitive number of jobs cannot be revealed at this time, however, my sources have confirmed that it is in the range of "several hundred jobs."
The team of Atlantic City facilities, public safety, and planning experts who toured Revel were pleased at how "amazingly intact" and in "great condition" Revel is presently in.
I have confirmed the following operational facts:
- HVAC is functioning.
- Gaming machines and tables and chairs are all in place and are in excellent condition.
- Hotel rooms are clean, with bedding in place, along with furniture, all light fixtures, drapes, artwork in place throughout the restaurants, hotel rooms and gaming floors.
It must be noted that all of the rumors about tractor trailers that many believed were taking valuable items out of Revel: actually, the exact opposite is true. They were bringing in overstocked kitchen appliances and items that had been costing $ 20,000 per-month in storage costs. Straub had moved these items into the garage areas.
This is the first-ever accurate assessment of the current state of the Revel property.
All of the rumors about mold and other atmospheric realities due to lack of HVAC, etc. have turned out to be unfounded.
Again, this is not a promise that Revel will re-open on June 15, 2016. However, it is affirmation that this once glorious behemoth can re-open much sooner than most expected was possible.
This is very good news for Atlantic City, the region and state.