VIRGINIA BEACH -- A day after learning an NBA team could be playing ball in Va. Beach, a Facebook page supporting the effort has more than 3,000 'likes.'
Posts on the 'Bring the Sacramento Kings to Virginia Beach' page range from outright support to cautioned optimism to incredulity.
One of the people who 'likes' the page is Mayor Will Sessoms, who says the 18,000-seat arena near the Oceanfront being proposed by Comcast, Global Spectrum and Live Nation is estimated to cost $350 million.
'They have come to us saying we like the market, we see a great opportunity. If an arena were to be built in Virginia Beach, we would provide first class entertainment and a professional sports team,' Sessoms explained.
He says he's happy the groups see Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and the state as a good market. However, Sessoms says he doesn't think the resort city can do it all on its own and there are many questions to be answered.
'Are they willing to put money into the project or are they willing to give up revenues generated from the project to pay for it? What can we do with the Commonwealth of Virginia - will they step up and pay for this project? Will the NBA, if they were to be a partner, step up and give money or whatever professional sports group there is?,' he stated.
Comcast-Spectacor said Thursday that no professional teams have been identified as the potential tenant for the building and that the company will elaborate on Tuesday. The company owns the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team.
'To sit back and tell you I dont want a professional sports team in Virginia Beach- I'd be lying. I really do,' the mayor said. 'I think it would be tremendously supported by Virginia Beach and our region.'
On Tuesday, Peter Luukko, president and chief operating officer of Comcast-Spectacor; Michael Evans, president Live Nation Arenas and Wilson Howard, president of Live Nation's southeast division will discuss the project at the 3:00 p.m. City Council meeting and then they'll meet with reporters at 4:00 p.m.