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VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Plans for a proposed arena for Va. Beach are dead for now.

Mayor Will Sessoms told 13News reporter Philip Townsend that the project is something that the city would consider down the line, maybe even next year.

Va. Beach hoped to build an arena near the Oceanfront in an effort to persuade a pro sports team to relocate to the city. The NBA's Sacramento Kings was said to be a likely target after failing to reach an agreement to build a new arena there.

Under the proposal Sessoms supported, sports and entertainment company Comcast-Spectacor would operate the arena and be responsible for finding a team to serve as its primary tenant. Without a pro team to call the arena home, it wouldn't be built.

To make it happen, the city would have to have spent $241 million and it would need a state contribution of $150 million. $35 million would have come from Comcast-Spectacor.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said late last year that his budget wouldn't include money for the arena.

Mayor Sessoms said the city will not pursue funds in the General Assembly this year.

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