Etess Arena

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Etess Arena
Full nameEtess Arena at Hard Rock Live
Address1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7415
LocationHard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Coordinates39°21′31.15″N 74°25′11.2″W / 39.3586528°N 74.419778°W / 39.3586528; -74.419778
Public transitAtlantic City Rail Terminal (Via Shuttle)
OwnerTrump Entertainment Resorts, Hard Rock International
OperatorLive Nation
OpenedApril 28, 1990
ClosedOctober 10, 2016
ReopenedJune 29, 2018

The Etess Arena (formerly known as The Arena at Trump Taj Mahal and Mark G. Etess Arena) is a multi-purpose arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. Originally opening in April 1990[1] as a part of the Trump Taj Mahal, the arena seated almost 6,000 for music and sporting events.[2] The arena was named after Mark Grossinger Etess, a former president and COO of Trump Plaza. Etess died in a helicopter crash in October 1989.[3]

Despite the Indian theme of the Trump Taj Mahal, the Etess Arena was contemporary, based upon the club scene in England.[4]

The venue's first concert performance was by Elton John on May 18, 1990. Donald Trump was originally in negotiations to have Madonna open the venue during her Blond Ambition World Tour but plans fell through.[5] Her first concert in Atlantic City came 16 years later with her Confessions Tour, which was held in the Boardwalk Hall arena.

The arena reopened on June 29, 2018 as part of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.[6]


  1. ^ Trump, Donald; Meredith McIver (2004). Trump:How to get Rich. New York City: Random House, Inc. p. 284. ISBN 0345481038.
  2. ^ Waddell, Ray. "Casino shows are not just for comps". Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 115 (41): TQ-2.
  3. ^ Beston, Chuck (1990-10-01). "Official dedication for the Etess Arena". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  4. ^ "Trump Taj Mahal-Mark G. Etess Arena". The Seats. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Sonny (1990-01-31). "Trump keeps quiet about Madonna plans". Press of Atlantic City: E7.
  6. ^ "Hard Rock ready to roll in Atlantic City with huge music lineup, opening date revealed". Retrieved 2018-04-18.