Volleyball Olympians, boxing matches between police and firefighters, a sand-sculpting competition, free concerts on the beach and daredevil plane pilots are just some of the non-gambling attractions Atlantic City has planned for this summer.
The events are part of the resort’s strategy to attract more visitors with events that don’t involve gambling, and most of them are free. The effort is seen as crucial to the resort’s future as gambling revenue continues to decline amid ever-increasing competition from new casinos in the northeastern U.S.
The AVP pro beach volleyball tour will return to Atlantic City on Sept. 5-7. In 2013, players including New Jersey native Ryan Doherty, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, and three-time Manhattan Beach Open champion Whitney Pavlik competed.
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Information on all the summer events can be found at www.doatlanticcity.com.
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