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August 13, 2014: Atlantic City’s Revel Casino to Close, Sports Team Bans iPads From Stadium, New Balance Plans Unusual Product Launch


1. ATLANTIC CITY’S REVEL CASINO TO CLOSE: Revel Casino Hotel, a $2.4 billion property that opened less than three years ago, will close in September after its owners filed for bankruptcy and failed to find a buyer for the property. The New York Times: “Revel succeeded in attracting a younger generation of visitors to its popular nightclub, called HQ, and beach club—people who were not necessarily coming to Atlantic City to play blackjack or feed the slot machines. But the enormous cost of the property, its vast size and its peculiar configuration—patrons had to ride a steep escalator from the lobby to get to the casino, the 57-story hotel and the restaurants—made it difficult to turn a profit.” http://nyti.ms/1yv7k5h

2. SPORTS TEAM BANS IPADS FROM STADIUM: Choosing security over potential social media interactions, Manchester United banned laptops, iPads, and other tablet devices at Old Trafford stadium. The soccer club says the ban is a safety issue and that it modeled the policy after airports that now prohibit uncharged devices from planes. Washable: “This isn't the first time tablets have been banned from stadiums. The New York Yankees, which won't even let users in with a commuter bag, banned iPads back in 2010. The team acquiesced in 2012, allowing spectators the ability to use the world's most impractical mobile camera unfettered.” http://on.mash.to/1sUQIE7

3. NEW BALANCE PLANS UNUSUAL PRODUCT LAUNCH: New Balance is rolling out a new shoe with a live video that will be streamed to 50 specialty running stores. The brand is training the stores in how to host mini red carpet events centered on the video, which will show Q&A sessions with executives promoting the shoe. Adweek: “Most of the retailers participating have flatscreens and Internet access to stream the video broadcast. The red carpet parties will also include props and photographers to elevate the in-store experience. New Balance is promoting the event on its website and via Facebook and Twitter, but the bulk of promotion leading up to the event will be done by the retailers’ email and social media efforts.” http://bit.ly/1lSw6Gy

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON:  The Sheraton Boston’s multimillion-dollar renovation includes transformed guest rooms, a new look for in-house restaurant Cafe Apropos, and the new Green Tangerine spa. Hotel Designs: http://bit.ly/1uetM4G

CHICAGO:  Through a new partnership with the Chicago Bears, Kapow Events will turn an area at the north end of Soldier Field into a corporate event space. Called Kapow Events terrace, the venue will hold 150 guests.

LAS VEGAS:  Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week is scheduled for August 22-28.

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced its Art & Film Gala is November 1 and will honor artist Barbara Kruger and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Gucci is the presenting sponsor.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Clear Channel chairman and C.E.O. and MTV co-founder Bob Pittman will give the keynote address at the debut Revolt Music Conference October 16-19 at Fontainebleau Miami. Other panelists include executives from Shazam, Beats by Dre, Spotify, Twitter, and WorldStarHipHop.

NEW YORK:  The first Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, a new venue in Greenpoint, September 13-14.

The A.S.P.C.A. Young Friends Benefit is October 16 at the IAC headquarters.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO:  City officials have approved plans for the iSquare Mall and Hotel to be built on the north end of International Drive. The complex would include a 729-room hotel and 100,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1uKEkWL

Cantina Laredo on Restaurant Row will close next week. Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide: http://bit.ly/1kZF61L

TORONTO:  Lunchtime Live, a series that offers live music at Yonge-Dundas Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Monday, will take place September 8-29. Featured performers include Alysha Brilla and Chloe Charles.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Anders H. Bergvind Foundation has scheduled its first Anders Bergvind Memorial Golf Tournament August 22 at Bretton Woods Recreation Center. The outing includes the tournament, lunch, cocktails, dinner, and an award ceremony.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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