VIRGINIA BEACH - Plans for a huge entertainment and sports complex near the Va. Beach Oceanfront may be on hold, but all the work to study the pros and cons of that arena have renewed interest in the old Va. Beach Dome site.

For 35 years, the Dome was the place to play, hosting acts like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Ray Charles.

It was torn down in 1994 so a larger entertainment complex could be built on the nearly 9-acre site between 18th and 19th streets at the Oceanfront.

'The studies surrounding the arena deal answered so many questions about the market here in Virginia and Virginia Beach,' said Councilman Glenn Davis. 'We know the city is more than ready to be a year-round destination.'

While the site remains undeveloped, the City of Va. Beach continues to work with Dallas-based Leisure and Recreational Concepts, Inc. to create a futuristic entertainment megaplex.

Early plans have it being home to the tallest Ferris wheel on the east coast, movie theatres, a bowling alley, an ice skating rink, a 2,500-seat Broadway-style theatre, children's amusement rides and more.

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