Virginia Beach VA United States
Virginia Beach Arena is a proposed multi-purpose entertainment and sports arena in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, that will be locally owned and privately financed by United States Management (USM). The arena will have an approximate size of 500,000 square feet with a seating capacity of 18,000. It would be located adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center on 19th Street, in the vibrant oceanfront Resort Area. It will anchor the City’s entertainment and arts district and be one block from Interstate-264 with multiple access points.USM has comprised an elite team of experienced professionals to design and build the facility. It includes The ESG Companies, Mortenson Construction and S.B. Ballard Construction, architects and engineers AECOM and Clark Nexsen, and building operator SMG.The Virginia Beach Arena will be designed to host a wide array of events, from major concerts to ice shows, trade shows to monster truck rallies, and circuses to sporting events. However, it will also include NCAA/NBA/NHL-ready core features to enable future support of collegiate tournaments and a professional sports franchise.The developer contends that many major events currently bypass Hampton Roads because existing indoor venues, with lower seating capacities, are too small and lack the necessary rigging capabilities for large-scale performances. The proposed Virginia Beach Arena would be the largest in Virginia able to stage these events.Employing hundreds of full and part-time staff, USM contends the Arena will act as a catalyst to transition Virginia Beach into a year-round visitor destination.The Arena's estimated cost is $210 million. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that allows the City to dedicate its portion of the Arena-generated state sales tax to satisfy project-related debt. In addition, the City of Virginia Beach, under a plan now being negotiated, will return "but for" taxes generated by admissions, food & beverage, and merchandise sales, as well as 1% of the existing hotel tax.