Arena dream for local sports fans

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The deal is in place, and if the Virginia Beach city council agrees, that 200-million dollar arena scheduled to be built in the resort city could be dream come true for local sports fans.

Although major concerts, conventions and family programming may be the main tenants for a new 16-thousand seat arena down on the oceanfront, the ACC, NC-double A and even the Atlantic 10 have shown interest in playing their basketball tournaments in the resort city.

A high ranking official of the Atlantic 10, which is headquartered in Newport News, confirmed to me again today, his conference would be a prospective tenant for it’s men’s basketball tournament which is now played in New York City. The A-10 is the home of VCU, George Mason, Richmond and U-Mass to name a few.

The owners of the arena also say the building could be expanded if an NBA or NHL team moves in.

A super majority vote by the city council is needed to seal the deal, and that vote could come in the next couple of weeks, meaning construction could start in the next few months.



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