Proposal submitted for 18,000-seat arena in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Va. – A privately-funded proposal for an 18,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment and sports arena has been submitted to the City of Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach-based United States Management, submitted the plan and says they have assembled a worldwide team of leading architects, contractors and financing partners to develop the facility.

The arena would be located across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The company says the project will be privately financing from banking interests in China and would not require any funding from residents.

According to the proposal, the City would provide land and parking spaces, offsite improvements and related city services necessary for the arena venture to be successful.

They’ve received, two private proposals from W.M. Jordan Company, HKS Sports and Entertainment and Global Spectrum in November and another from U.S. Management LLC, AECOM Architects, Clark Nexsen Architects, Mortenson Construction, SB Ballard Construction and SMG on Monday.

They say the first request was unsolicited and on November 12th, council members discussed the proposal and authorized the city manager to accept it for more study.

They agreed to allow 90 days for other proposals to be submitted.

The deadline for proposals was 5 p.m. on Monday.

A task force will now review the proposals and council members will be briefed later.

Web Extra: Check out the capacity of other nearby arenas:

Arena Capacity
Virginia Beach (Proposed) 18,000
Richmond Coliseum 11,992
Norfolk Scope 10, 253
Hampton Coliseum 9,777
Ted Constant  Convocation Center 9,100

3 comments

  • 30 year resident

    2 issues here:

    1. “related city services” means light rail and major bus enhancements for other city’s to attend, because VA Beach doesn’t have the infrastructure or the residents to support this at the location they are specifying…

    2. “this project will not require any funding from residents”, sure the 150 million for the stadium is not needed when the city is left holding the bag for the 2 billion + dollars needed to build the light rail and bus infrastructure from all outlying city’s to the farthest east point in Virginia Beach.

  • 30 year resident

    here is a list of cities with 1-6 major PRO sports teams in any sport.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_and_Canadian_cities_by_number_of_major_professional_sports_franchises

    smallest population is Green Bay with 1 team 350K (which was a founding team)

    The next smallest in America is 1.4 million and that is the Memphis which hosts the Grizzlies

    Here is the specs on Memphis being able to support a PRO team
    1. Houston Oilers (NFL) moved to Memphis for 1 season and then relocated to Nashville
    2. Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL) came to Memphis for 1 season – then closed
    3. Grizzlies ranks 20th out of 30 NBA teams in attendance with 16K average for 19000 seats – The FedExForum also hosts the NCAA team Memphis Tigers

    http://www.fedexforum.com/media/parking_directions_maps.pdf

    States – more than 13,000 parking spaces within .5 miles of the stadium

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