With New Jersey is easing up on its COVID-19 restrictions, it was only going to be a matter of time before Atlantic City casinos would start making additional announcements.

Sure enough, Ocean Casino Resort sent out a press release earlier today announcing some pretty big news: Live entertainment is returning to Ovation Hall.

As far as who will be performing, here are some of the names:

  • Brian McKnight, July 3
  • Summer of Love, various dates starting July 9
  • Morris Day & The Time, Aug. 14
  • Jeff Dunham, Aug. 21
  • Melissa Etheridge, Sep. 4
  • Alice Cooper, Sept. 17

“We are elated to bring back such an acclaimed group of headlining performers to Ovation Hall for our customers to enjoy,” said Terry Glebocki, Chief Executive Officer for Ocean Casino Resort. “Entertainment is one of Ocean’s core foundations, and as restrictions ease and we are able to open up more of our property, the return of live music and comedy serves to bolster our premier resort experience.”

Live concerts big change for Ocean

Ovation Hall has a seating capacity of over 5,000 people. Unfortunately, as a result of the global pandemic, the venue has been rather quiet and empty.

Remember, all nine AC casinos were closed for 100-plus days in 2020. And when they did reopen prior to the Fourth of July weekend, entertainment venues remained closed.

And up until now, nothing much changed. Sure there have been performers at restaurants and lounges, but it’s not the same.

Ovation Hall will continue hosting the Pro Fighters League regular season. Ocean Casino Resort is serving as the bubble (like Walt Disney World did for the NBA)

The next event will take place on June 10. However, fans have not been permitted to attend the fights.

Following CDC Guidelines

Like has been the case with the casino floor and restaurants, Ocean will continue following guidelines set by local health officials, the CDC, and state authorities.

This includes:

  • Mask requirements
  • Thermal screening
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Physical distancing

The Ocean team is encouraging advanced ticket reservations to “help comply with capacity restrictions and to maximize contactless ticket scanning.”

Other Atlantic City entertainment news

While Ocean’s announcement is considered pretty big news, they are not the first AC property to welcome back live entertainment. Hard Rock Atlantic City hosted a holiday show inside of the Sound Waves venue.

The property is now back in the comedy show business. Comedian Andrew Santino is next up with two shows on May 30.

However, bigger names are coming. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys is performing on Aug. 6. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Borgata has no plans of spending another summer waiting as tickets are available for:

  • Jim Breuer, July 16
  • Mandy Moore, July 18
  • Dave Attell & Jeff Ross, July 31
  • John Legend, Aug. 21

Call this the start of what is shaping up to be a very busy summer in Atlantic City.

AP Photo/Wayne Parry 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing at Boardwalk Hall. He is now adding NJ sports betting and online gambling to the mix.