PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Organizers of the Miss America pageant say it will not be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this year. .
Boardwalk Hall has hosted more than 75 Miss America pageants, but organizers are scrambling to find a new home for it.
The Miss America Organization which is under the direction of chairwoman and former pageant winner Gretchen Carlson, says producing the event at Boardwalk Hall is too expensive. They would like to keep the event in Atlantic City, and the organization is exploring other venues in the area–perhaps one of the casinos. They are also looking at options in different cities.
“Both CRDA [the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority] and the Miss America Organization (“MAO”) agree it is too expensive to produce the event in Boardwalk Hall. CRDA has told city leaders and MAO it wants to keep the competition in Atlantic City and has been actively helping MAO explore alternative venues. MAO is also exploring other cities as well. When the MAO Board of Directors has reviewed all of the proposals, MAO will make a public announcement.,” a statement from the organization said.