September 6, 2013


Boardwalk Hall has announced that enhanced security procedures and guest admission policies will be in place for one of the city's highest profile events, the Miss America Competition. The policies, which include stricter limits for baggage and handbags, are intended to provide a safer, more enjoyable environment for fans. The measure is similar to the stadium policy introduced by the NFL and other public facilities.
Guests are reminded to arrive early, as they will be subject to bag checks, a physical search and/or metal detection prior to entering the facility. 
Prohibited items include but are not limited to:
  • Alcoholic beverages, controlled or unlawful substances and controlled substance paraphernalia
  • Items which could be used as weapons, such as firearms, knives, chains and spiked jewelry
  • Cans, bottles (glass or plastic) or coolers
  • Outside foods or beverages
  • Professional cameras, audio or video recording devices and tripods
  • Mobile tablet devices and laptops
  • Laser pointers and pens, pepper spray and Mace
  • Noisemakers, such as airhorns, fireworks, Frisbees, balls and other projectiles
  • Baggage, such as shopping bags, briefcases, backpacks, duffle bags, luggage and diaper bags, are strictly prohibited. 
  • Large handbags are prohibited. Guests are permitted to bring a clutch-type handbag no larger than 4.5" x 6.5". They may also carry their personal items in a transparent bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12". Guests who require medically necessary items will be permitted entry with these items after appropriate inspection by building personnel.
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by the event or building management
Boardwalk Hall does not provide storage for any confiscated baggage, so visitors should leave these items at home or in a secured area prior to arrival at the venue.
Building re-entry: 
Please note there is no re-entry upon exit from the building. 
Public Parking and Tunnel Access during Miss America 
Additionally, during the Miss America Competition, there will be no public parking available in Boardwalk Hall starting Tuesday, September 10 through Sunday, September 15.
The Mississippi Avenue taxi tunnel running beneath the building will be closed to traffic during that same period of time.
Guests who require special assistance, such as handicapped accessible parking, are urged to park in one of the nearby casino parking garages and access the venue through the Boardwalk Hall lobby entrance. Nearly 14,000 parking spaces in various flat lots and parking garages are located within a five block radius of Boardwalk Hall, including the Wave Garage, just three blocks away with 1180 parking spaces. All of the city's twelve casinos have parking garages. Atlantic City's famous rolling chairs and jitneys are also transportation options and operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
The Atlantic City Convention Center will be offering $5 parking for Sunday's final competition.
For parking maps, information about transportation, travel, accommodations and entertainment, visit
For more information about the Miss America Competition, visit
For information about Boardwalk Hall, visit or call 609-348-7000
Please see attached graphic for details.
On behalf of the Boardwalk Hall management team, we thank you for your patronage and cooperation.

Countdown to the Miss America Competition on ABC
Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9PM ET      
Plus tune-in to the
20/20 Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America
at 8PM ET  

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