A.C. revelry to herald Revel opening

Edward J. Cettina, of Tishman Construction Corp., looks out over the Atlantic Ocean from the pool deck of the Revel as he leads journalists on a tour of the new Atlantic City casino Tuesday. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Edward J. Cettina, of Tishman Construction Corp., looks out over the Atlantic Ocean from the pool deck of the Revel as he leads journalists on a tour of the new Atlantic City casino Tuesday. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer (Edward J. Cettina, of Tishman Construction Corp.,)
Posted: March 21, 2012

Atlantic City's biggest and most luxurious casino yet, the $2.4 billion Revel at the northern end of the Boardwalk, is to begin an eight-week-long preview for guests April 2.

The giant casino-resort will open its doors to the public with a lavish grand opening May 25 to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Revel announced Monday that Beyoncé will be the opening act in the casino's state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat entertainment venue, Ovation Hall.

On Tuesday, members of the news media were given their first tour of the inside of a casino that has been highly anticipated by the city.

"This is our Super Bowl," Edward J. Cettina, chief operating officer of Tishman Construction Corp., the project's construction manager, said of the impending grand opening as he led the nearly three-hour tour.

With a 20-acre footprint, the 47-story Revel - the tallest building in Atlantic City - covers 6.3 million square feet and features more than 1,800 rooms and suites, all with ocean views.

It will have 14 restaurants, many run by celebrity chefs, including Jose Garces and Marc Frangione, 55,000-square feet of retail, a 31,000-square-foot spa, two nightclubs and a dayclub, 10 pools, and 160,000 square feet of meeting space.

Revel is the first ground-up casino to open in the city since the market-changing Borgata debuted in July 2003. It is modeled after the Borgata as a luxury, Las Vegas-style mega-casino, though the silver-hued Revel is not to be confused with the golden-hued Borgata in Atlantic City's Marina District.

- Suzette Parmley

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