The recent 42nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey was an enormous success by any standard of measure.

The 5-day annual event drew an estimated attendance of more than 60,000, broken down by attendees, dealers, and sponsors; according to event organizers.

This represents the highest attendance mark since 1991 and the second biggest National Sports Collectors Convention ever held.

This mega event was last held in Atlantic City in 2016. The crowds were enthusiastic and large throughout all 5 days.

"The 42nd National Convention was by all accounts one of our most successful events, as the attendance was the second largest in the history of the show," said John Broggi, the Show Manager.

"The Convention Center's location allowed us to promote to a large population base within a reasonable proximity to Atlantic City. The result was a huge number of first-time attendees. 54% of those completing a surveying on our web site indicated the 2022 was the first National they had attended,” said Broggi.

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The 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention is the largest event held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, or, Boardwalk Hall in at least 10 years.

The event utilized:

  • all of the exhibit halls
  • all meeting rooms, totaling over 500,000 square feet of space.
  • it represents over 100,000 square feet more than National Sports Collectors footprint in 2016.
  • Attendees and exhibitors came from all over the world.
  • 11,000 room nights were generated.
  • substantial gaming, restaurants, shopping and nightlife activities were enjoyed by attendees and resulted in an estimated $ 20 million in economic impact.

It is confirmed that The 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

The Atlantic City jurisdiction is already working with event organizers to host a future event at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

"It was a pleasure to welcome over 600 dealers from
across the country to Atlantic City; we eagerly anticipate
the opportunity to host each of them again at a future date,” said Michael Chait, President of The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.

"The entire local business community, from hotels and restaurants both large and small, to transportation companies and parking lot operators, all saw a direct impact from this incredible event, and we truly appreciate the time they spent with us,” said Chait.

SOURCES: OVG360, MEET AC & Michael Chait.

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