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Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City

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Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, is an arena in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. It was Atlantic City's primary convention center until the opening of the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1997. Boardwalk Hall was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987 as one of the few surviving buildings from the city's early heyday as a seaside resort. The venue seats 10,500 people for ice hockey, and at maximum capacity can accommodate 14,770 for concerts. Boardwalk Hall is the home of the Miss America Pageant.

Boardwalk Hall contains the world's largest musical instrument, a pipe organ of over 33,000 pipes, eight chambers, its console the world's largest of seven manuals and over 1000 stop keys, and one of two 64-foot stops (the other found in the Sydney Town Hall). Also included in this organ are pipes operating on 100 inches of pressure, the Grand Ophicleide being the loudest and also most famous. The Guinness Book of World Records noted "a pure trumpet note of ear-splitting volume, six times louder than the loudest train whistle." However, these stops are actually well-refined and are not overpowering in Boardwalk Hall due to its huge interior.

In October 2017, the New Jersey Senate approved legislation to dedicate Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in honor of Senator Jim Whelan, the former mayor and state lawmaker who died earlier in the year.

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  • Took my wife here to see the AC AIR Show. We sat out in front of Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall's. The air show was great & so was the people watching it. There was shade front the sun. It was in possible to see low flying aircraft because of the sand dune's being built up so high & this is anywhere from the board walk. Overall it was a great show & my wife was happy to see here first air show. We ate lunch at the Bungalow and the food was excellent & the service also.
  • Plan on the once a week, Wednesday 10am-- 2 hr FREE tour. World's largest musical instrument. Really cool informative tour and then getting to hear that pipe organ.

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