Do you think the Sacramento Kings will actually move to Va. Beach?
VIRGINIA BEACH--Va. Beach could be home to a pro sports team.
A representative of Comcast-Spectacor will make a presentation next week for an 18,000-seat arena near the Oceanfront.
A consortium of sports and entertainment companies would guarantee a pro sports team, like the NBA Sacramento Kings, if the arena deal goes through.
"Comcast Spectacor, through several of our subsidiaries, and Live Nation, both of which have a substantial presence in Southeastern Virginia for many years, are always looking for new opportunities to expand our business in the area. We will refrain from making any comments until we are in Virginia Beach on Tuesday," Ike Richman, the vice president of public relations for Comcast-Spectacor, told 13News.
He also said the group will "elaborate our collective plans for a new arena. Despite preliminary reports, no specific professional sports team from any league has been identified as the potential tenant for this building."
Warren Harris with Va. Beach Economic Development told 13News Thursday, "An unsolicited proposal we've received from Comcast-Spectacor that basically outlines the possibility for an arena, if built, for them to operate and manage it."
He added, "I can only say that we are encouraged by the fact that we have two major corporations involved in this project."
NBA fans would love to see a pro team here, although some weren't counting on it.
"Having an NBA team here would be huge and awesome," said Tyler Evans.
"They always say there's going to be some team moving down here, but it never actually happens," stated Adam Bean.
Mayor Will Sessoms told the Pilot the parties have not talked about how much the venue would cost the city, but he said it would be located across from the convention center.
The Hampton Roads Business Journal reported that owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family, met with Comcast to discuss details of a new arena for the team in Virginia Beach.
KXTV, the ABC station in Sacramento, tells 13News that Maloof/Kings spokesman Troy Hanson said the Maloof family "gets calls from cities all the time" but that there was nothing imminent with any city, including Virginia Beach.
The station reports a deal between the Maloofs and the city of Sacramento to build a $391 million sports and entertainment complex in the Downtown Railyards collapsed three months ago when George Maloof announced the family didn't want to assume the additional debt burden.
KING-TV in Seattle talked with National Basketball Association spokesman Tim Frank about the Kings-to-VA possibility. Frank told the station the NBA has no information from the Kings and there hasn't been any application for relocation.
In early June, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn met with NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back.
Va. Beach City Council meeting begins at 3:00 p.m.