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Boardwalk Hall (7DK-632)

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Rare interior view!

BOARDWALK HALL

7DK-632

Liberty Bowl (NCAA) (1964), Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (ECHL) (2001-2005), Atlantic City CardSharks (NIFL) (2004)

Boardwalk Hall played host to the ECHL Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies ice hockey team from 2001-2005.

In 2001, the franchise played its inaugural season in Atlantic City after relocating from Birmingham, Alabama, where it was known as the Birmingham Bulls. In 2003, the team won the Kelly Cup, beating the Columbia Inferno in the finals.

On February 3, 2005, it was announced that the franchise was sold to an ownership group that relocated the team to Stockton, California, for the 2005-06 season, and renamed it the Stockton Thunder.

In 1959, A. F. “Bud” Dudley, a former Villanova University athletic-director, created the Liberty Bowl, an annual post-season college-football bowl game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The game was played at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, but as the only cold-weather bowl game, it was plagued by poor attendance. Atlantic City[who?] convinced Dudley to move his game from Philadelphia to Boardwalk Hall for 1964 and guaranteed Dudley $25,000.

The 1964 Liberty Bowl was the first major collegiate bowl game played indoors and was also the first indoor football game broadcast nationwide on U.S. television. Since artificial turf was still in its developmental stages and was unavailable for the game, the hall was equipped with a four-inch-thick grass surface with two inches of burlap underneath it (as padding) on top of concrete. To keep the grass growing, artificial lighting was installed and kept on 24 hours a day. The entire process cost about $16,000. End zones were only eight yards long instead of the usual ten yards.

6,059 fans saw the Utah Utes rout the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Used (1969) 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size chrome.

Dist. by Jack Freeman, Inc.

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