The Virginian-Pilot reported that the city of Virginia Beach is discreetly pursuing a professional NBA team. Early in the summer, there were rumors that the city might be considering a 20,000 seat arena to re-home the Sacramento Kings, but all rumors stopped regarding that particular franchise and there hasn't been much word on that since. The mayor plans to update city council this coming week but won't confirm if they are still in negotiations with the Sacramento Kings or another team.
Bringing the NBA to Hampton Roads would be a big boon for the city. An economic impact report shows a professional sports venue could bring in 11 million each year in new taxes and create 3700 jobs.
The city is used to hosting popular sporting events like the East Coast Surfing Championships and the North American Sand Soccer Championship, but there is a lot that goes into planning a venue that hosts 20,000 screaming fans!
We'll keep you posted. We would love to add a page on professional sporting events in Virginia Beach to the website. Getting the community excited about a professional team trickles down to increased sports participation starting at the elementary school level. It would energize kids of all ages and have a positive impact on the entire community.