AC Sands earmarked for leveling

Oct 10, 2006 3:37 AM

After 26 years in business, the Sands Casino Hotel will close its doors for good Nov. 11, costing nearly 2,200 workers their jobs.

"The employees are sad to see it go, but they understand this is inevitable. We’re all sticking together as a family to get through this," Sands President George Toth said last week while publicly confirming the closing date for the first time.

Toth explained that at 6 o’clock in the morning, gamblers will be shooed off the casino floor. By noon, the last hotel guests will have packed up and checked out. That night, the building will be locked.

"We’ll secure the building," he said. "Come that night, the building will be shut. There are plenty of things that have to happen after we close the casino floor."

At that time, the casino’s 2,000 slot machines and 79 table games will fall silent. The Sands’ main 500-room hotel tower will also close, although it is not clear what will happen to the 120-suite Madison House, one of Atlantic City’s few remaining grand old hotels.

The Madison House, opened in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by a private group, but leased by the Sands for its hotel guests.

"That is certainly an issue to be addressed at a later date," Toth said of the Madison House’s fate.