New Hyatt hotel breaks ground in Hampton

City leaders hope building better hotels will make them become more competitive, and people will choose to stay in Hampton when they come in town.

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- A new hotel is on its way to the city of Hampton.

Several people were at the groundbreaking for the new Hyatt Place Hotel on Coliseum Drive Thursday morning.

Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck has said there are not enough quality hotels in the area. City leaders hope building better hotels will make them become more competitive, and people will choose to stay in Hampton when they come in town. 

"[The construction site] used to be a Motel 6," said Tuck. "[It was] very underperforming, an eyesore, didn't enhance the quality of the Coliseum area. And tearing it down and starting fresh... we're excited about the potential there."

Specifically, when it comes to sports, 40% of players and families who come for tournaments at the Boo Williams Sportsplex stay in hotels outside of Hampton.

In 2016, basketball events at the Boo Williams Sportsplex resulted in 11,753 room nights booked in
Hampton hotels. From that same pool of teams, 7144 room nights were booked in Newport News.

In 2015 12,587 rooms nights were booked in Hampton for basketball events; 8222 room nights were booked in Newport News.

Yvette Driver says business in Hampton is good. She and her husband own Yvette Creations, a floral and bridal shop on Coliseum Drive. Her business is on a small strip surrounded by several hotels.

Driver is worried about the future of her business if the city keeps bringing in more high-quality hotels.

“As this area begins to get upscale, you'll have to upscale your business to fit the area,” Driver says. “That's what I'm afraid of.”

However, Driver is hoping for the best, and hoping that her business can survive as the city is trying to thrive.

The hotel is expected to be open by next winter.

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