You Could Push The Button to Implode Trump Plaza—Here's How

The chance to press the button to implode Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is up for auction with proceeds raised going to a youth charity.

Bidding has already begun on the opportunity, with a live auction to be held January 19—the eve of Inauguration Day. The implosion is scheduled for January 29.

A listing on Bodnar's Auction's website, titled 'Implode Trump Plaza for Charity!' reads: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on the right to push the button to implode Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ.

"As you may or may not know, the Trump Plaza has been scheduled demolition and leveled off the boardwalk of Atlantic City. For several years it has been sitting empty and now is the time to end an era and replace it with something new.

"We are selling the experience to push the button to implode Trump Plaza. This will be done remotely and can be done anywhere in the world as well as close to the Plaza as we can safely get you there!"

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said he hopes the auction could raise more than $1 million, the Associated Press reported.

He said: "Some of Atlantic City's iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out.

"I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity."

The charity which will benefit is the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, which provides support and runs activities for youths and teens.

The auction is listed on, also under the title "Implode Trump Plaza for Charity!" where its estimated sale price is listed at being up to $500,000.

There have been eight bids so far, up to $2,500.

Joseph Bodnar, of Bodnar's Auction, told Newsweek: "We are hoping to take in six figures. You never know with these types of unique experiences and who might have a deep pocket and connection for the charity. The mayor expresses a goal of $1,000,000."

Bodnar said he expects the high bid will "increase rapidly over the next week," adding: "This is a unique experience and it's anyone's guess where it is going to end."

The auction will be broadcasted on the site live on January 19.

Bodnar's Auctions listing adds: "This will be a live broadcasted sale so we hope to see you on sale day and start the year with a Bang!"

The plaza was opened in 1984 and shut in 2014. It has fallen into disrepair over that time. Officials in Atlantic City previously deemed it a "public safety hazard," with concerns falling debris could hit passers by.

Newsweek has contacted Small for further comment.

Update 12/17/2020: This page has been updated to include further comments from Joseph Bodnar.

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Beach goers in front of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, once one of the city's premier destinations, now under demolition on September 30, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The chance to press the button to implode it is being auctioned off. Mark Makela/Getty Images