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April 3, 2015 (VENICE, Italy) –Steel Pier’s Anthony Catanoso traveled to Italy this week to conduct the first of three inspections of New Jersey’s first Observation Wheel, which is scheduled to open later this year. Traveling with Mr. Catanoso is Steel Pier Operations Manager, James Catanoso.
The pair traveled to Technical Park’s facility in Melara, Italy, outside of Venice, where six factories are contributing elements that will comprise the final wheel. The 200-foot Observation Wheel, one of the tallest in the country, will be erected adjacent to Steel Pier.
“This is literally one the first legs of the new foundation for Atlantic City,” says Anthony Catanoso. “This Observation Wheel is truly a metaphor for how far we can go when it comes to building non-gaming venues in Atlantic City. The wheel, along with the Pier’s extensive renovation, are just some of the many exciting revitalization efforts going on right now at Atlantic City—including Stockton’s innovative idea for the former Showboat.”
The wheel is estimated to draw 50,000 riders a month to enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic City skyline from climate-controlled gondolas. Catanoso says it’s imperative to conduct inspections firsthand and they have been extremely impressed with the workmanship.
James Catanoso agrees: “From an operational perspective, it’s a unique opportunity to see a major ride such as this from a manufacturing level. We see the incredible attention to detail on each part and how all the involved factories are working closely together to create this magnificent structure. We can’t wait for visitors to Atlantic City to glimpse what we are seeing here.”
The wheel is being built with cooperation and assistance from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), as well as the City of Atlantic City, and will cost $14 million.
The new Steel Pier Pub is located right on the Boardwalk at the entrance to Steel Pier. Enjoy this family-style pub, which offers pizza, beer, spirits and frequent live entertainment.
The Ocean Reef Bar & Grill is located on the Pier's edge, with fantastic views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Featuring covered and outside seating, enjoy a full bar while you take in local bands and live entertainment.
Tailgate Twosdays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. All rides are 2 tickets! Enjoy tailgate food and beverage specials for just $2. The Big Game is coming to NJ and Steel Pier is getting ready and excited!
World Famous Steel Pier will open on Saturday, March 28 at for the 2015 season. To kick off the season, the Pier along with the Atlantic County Toys for Kids, will host an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 29th, for kids 10 and under at 1:30 p.m.
The Pier has a host of exciting activities for Easter weekend! On Saturday, April 4th, the Pier will host a Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 4th, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Rides open at 11 and run till 4 p.m. The cost for children 12 and under, which includes breakfast and rides is $11 per child (plus taxes). Adults: $ 7 for breakfast only (plus tax).Call to make your reservation: 609-345-4893 x108
On Easter Sunday, April 5th, the Pier will host the annual Best Dressed Easter Contest. The Pier invites you to wear your Easter Best and compete for great prizes. Prizes awarded to winners in several age groups. Registration is at 11:30 AM at the entrance to Steel Pier. Contest begins at 1:30 PM. The Easter Bunny arrives at 12:30 PM!
The Pier is running a giant ticket book special: Buy one get one free ticket book sales are being sold at all ticket booths Friday, April 3rd through Friday, April 10th. They can also be purchased online (www.steelpier.com) until April 30th!
The iconic Steel Pier is an amusement park that extends over the commanding Atlantic Ocean, and features more than 25 kiddie and extreme rides, games and multiple food options, including: individual food outlets, a family pub and an ocean-view bar. The Pier also features the only touring helicopter on the Jersey shore!