(Editor's note: This article was updated to include comments from Global Spectrum COO John Page.)
The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority board voted unanimously last week to give a new five-year contract to Global Spectrum to manage the 500,000-square-foot convention center, which has been run by SMG since it opened in 1997.
Earlier this month, SMG sued the Atlantic City CVA in federal court asking that the vote on the contract be delayed, citing problems with the request for proposal process and a conflict of interest with the CVA’s selection committee. However, U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle ordered that the bidding process go forward even though there would still be a hearing scheduled on the lawsuit.
Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page says, as far as his company is concerned, there are no outstanding legal issues to resolve. "We are proceeding ahead to transition into the faciilty. If SMG believes that isn't the case, we'll wait to see."
A spokesperson for SMG, John Samerjan, said in a statement to the press that the company would continue to pursue the lawsuit and “all available legal remedies against an award based on a flawed process.”
Boardwalk Hall, built in 1929, underwent a $90-million renovation in 2001 and now seats 14,500 for concerts an sports events.
Page says the fact his company manages the Wells Fargo Center and Temple University's Liacouras Center, both in Philadelphia, and the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., will be a benefit to the Atlantic City venues. "We have a presence in South Jersey, and it will contribute to the success of these two buildings," he says.