$40 million Oceanfront field house could open by the winter of 2020

January 13, 2018


City leaders are moving ahead with a $40 million field house at the Oceanfront.


The new one will make it the city’s second field house and is expected to help fulfill the city's desire to become a year-round destination.


It's also expected to spur economic growth in the Oceanfront area, including in its ViBe arts and entertainment district and surrounding business communities.


There are also plans afoot to redevelop the old Dome site and the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier and to build a new "headquarters" hotel in that immediate vicinity.


The newly renovated Cavalier Hotel is set to open next month.


The city's first sports center, the Virginia Beach Field House, was built in 2010 in Princess Anne and is operated by Eastern Sports Management of Fredericksburg, which will also operate the new facility.


City Council has already budgeted $4 million of the $40 million needed to construct the new field house.


Its total capacity is not known, but may be bigger than the first one and may open by the winter of 2020.


Citizens may comment on the project at City Council’s Feb. 6 meeting.


The sports center will be paid for with public facility revenue bonds and taxes on restaurant meals, hotel rooms and amusements will cover any debt.


Clark Nexsen of Virginia Beach, Hanbury of Norfolk and MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake are the companies spearheading the new project.


Courtesy field house photos from the city of Virginia Beach. Sun stock photo of soccer goalkeeper.


Some information drawn from pilotonline.com.

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