Sands Casino Hotel Imploded

Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is now a pile of wreckage. Last night, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. imploded the 27-year old casino hotel at Atlantic City Boardwalk to clear the way for a $1.5-billion gaming resort, covering 18 acres of oceanfront property. Slated to open in 2011 with groundbreaking in 2008, the new resort will boast nearly 2,000 hotel rooms, and 120,000 sf of gaming, convention and meeting space.

The first ever implosion in New Jersey was an event that attracted quite a crowd. According to Pinnacle Entertainment, more than 700 guests, including Governor John S. Corzine watched the implosion, which was preceded by six minutes of fireworks.

Now, 100,000 tons of rubble from the casino and 21-story hotel tower await removal.

"The implosion is a milestone event in the history of Atlantic City and of Pinnacle Entertainment,” said Daniel R. Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Entertainment. “Our plans can now move forward to develop a project that will help transform the Atlantic City gaming, hospitality, and convention industry."

Sands, the smallest of the city’s casino hotels, sat on approximately 6.5 acres of Pinnacle Atlantic City’s 20-acre site. The Sands, originally the Brighton Casino Hotel, was acquired by Pinnacle Entertainment in November 2006.