Despite being disconnected from the casino in 2009, Trump received a 10% fee for using his name at all three casinos. Trump Plaza closed in 2014. In 2016, Icahn Enterprises bought the Trump properties in a bankruptcy court. The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort reopened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in 2018 after it closed in 2016.
Trump Plaza is due to be demolished on Wednesday.
During its heyday, the casino sponsored or hosted heavyweight boxing title bouts, Rolling Stones concerts, and WrestleMania.
Karin Trasferini from Ventnor was the hotel manager of the Plaza in 1991 and 1992 and worked on the cemetery shift from midnight to 8 a.m.
ATLANTIC CITY – Anthony and Carrie Ariemma are excited about the demolition of the former Trump Plaza.
"I remember the dresses and the fancy suits," said Trasferini, who caught a glimpse of celebrities after the events and went back to the hotel. "I've seen Diahann Carroll, Julia Roberts, George Foreman, Wayne Newton, and Donald Trump."
After the newer and larger Trump Taj Mahal opened in 1990, the three Trump casinos developed their own niches.
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The Taj Mahal, which had the largest concert venue, booked the big shows. Trump's castle, which eventually was renamed Trump Marina, was home to more rock and newer artists. Trump Plaza featured traditional casino artists.
1970s soulful hitmaker Barry White didn't play Atlantic City until he was booked at Trump Plaza in January 1995.