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The arena will bring numerous quality of life and economic benefits to residents and visitors of Virginia Beach alike.

What Are The Benefits?

The arena, located on a site across from the city's convention center, will become both a centerpiece of the community and a hub of local economic activity.

USM’s proposal for a multipurpose entertainment and sports arena aligns with Virginia Beach’s 2012 Strategic Growth Area Plan in that it will:

  • Create jobs and provide a major new economic generator
  • Attract live performance and sporting events that currently bypass the region
  • Provide diverse, year-round entertainment for residents and visitors alike
  • Optimize the potential of the adjacent Convention Center
  • Increase revenue for area hotels, restaurants and other businesses
  • Be a talent draw for local employers
  • Boost property values

The Arena will host events such as:

  • Live concerts including artists on the Top 100 North American music tours
  • Family events including Disney on Ice, circuses, and Sesame Street Live
  • Conventions and trade shows (to complement and augment Convention Center offerings)
  • Collegiate athletic events such as conference and NCAA tournaments
  • Youth sporting events such as regional, state and national tournaments
  • Theater events and Off-Broadway shows
  • Monster truck rallies and other motor sports
  • National and state political conventions
  • Comedy acts
  • Olympic trials
  • NBA/NHL exhibition games

The arena will incorporate advanced features to create a world-class audience and spectator experience, such as:

  • Premium seating and suites with amenities
  • Multiple seating options
  • LED screen scoreboard and ribbon boards
  • Box Office/Ticketing and guest services
  • ADA accessibility
  • Easy access to merchandising areas and concessions
  • Multiple restrooms and first aid stations
  • Lounges and restaurants

The arena will also include NCAA/NBA/NHL-ready core features to enable future support of collegiate tournaments and a professional sports franchise including:

  • A combination of fixed and retractable seating
  • Basketball court
  • Ice floor to accommodate hockey and ice shows
  • Home and visiting team locker rooms
  • Officials’ locker rooms
  • Media support, broadcast and interview facilities
  • Performers’ five-star dressing rooms