Bruce Springsteen is comingAugust 15th, 2012 at 8:40 pm by Bruce Rader under News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized
Bruce Springsteen started his latest concert tour tonight with a show in Boston, and is coming to Virginia on Tuesday October 23rd.
Unfortunately, when “The Boss” visits the Commonwealth he will stop in Charlottesville and not Hampton Roads. Granted, C’ville is a great college town, even though its population is only 196,000. Hampton Roads on the other hand is home to more than 1.5 million people.
So why pass on a market with so many more music, sports and circus fans? Charlottesville has something we don’t have. An indoor arena that seats more than 14,600 people.
Gabby Douglas and her USA teammates start their American tour next month with 40 stops including Des Moines Iowa, where Gabby has lived the past two years. Not on the list?
You guessed it, Hampton Roads.
The Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines doesn’t have an NBA team or an NHL team, or even an AHL team, but it does have over 16,000 seats and is connected to their convention center by a shared parking lot? Sounds a little like Virginia Beach if you ask me. Enough seats to welcome Gabby back to her second home.
By the way, the population of greater Des Moines is just under 600,000.
The Sprint Center in Kansas City doesn’t have an NBA or NHL team as a tenant, but is also hosting Gabby and her teammates, as well as an NBA game with Lebron James and the Miami Heat taking on the Washington Wizards, Joel Osteen, the NY Rangers against the Colorado Avalanche, Bruce Springsteen and did I mention, Justin Bieber. All over the next couple of months.
By the way the population of the Kansas City metropolitan area is a little over 2-million people.
Who says you need an NBA or NHL team to make it worth your while to build an arena?
NCAA officials have told me Hampton Roads would almost certainly get a first round basketball tournament weekend, if the area had a new arena. ACC folks have said many times, putting their famous basketball tournament in a neutral market like Hampton Roads with plenty of empty hotel rooms, would make fans from non-Carolina schools happy, and would be a nice midway point for the conference schools located from Syracuse to Miami. Tickets would sell like hot cakes; the host city would make a mint in taxes, not to mention hotel rooms, restaurants and stores. But don’t even start talking until a new arena is built.
Is Hampton Roads ready for an Arena, and are there city leaders out there with the guts to make it happen?
What do you think? Comments are welcome.
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