Ted Constant Convocation Center
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
|Location||4320 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23529
|Owner||Old Dominion University|
|Broke ground||June 17, 2000|
|Opened||October 25, 2002|
|Construction cost||$47 million
($61.6 million in 2014 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Stroud, Pence & Associates Ltd.|
|General contractor||S.B. Ballard Construction Company|
|Old Dominion Monarchs|
The Ted Constant Convocation Center is a 9,520-seat (219,330 square feet) multi-purpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia, located on the campus of Old Dominion University. It is operated by Global Spectrum. The Constant Center is part of the University Village project, a 75-acre development that will also feature a shopping center, restaurants, theaters, offices, research labs and residences with high-tech connections to the campus. "The Ted" has 7,319 (fixed) fully cushioned seats, 862 upper club/priority seats, 16 luxury suites, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The arena currently seats 8,639 for basketball games. In addition to being used for home basketball games and Wrestling matches for ODU, the Constant Center hosts family-oriented events as well as concerts and lectures.
On January 2012, Pollstar conducted their 2011 year end rankings and ranked the Constant Center 8th in the world for arenas under 10,000 seats and 2nd in the United States. On a larger scale, the Constant Center ranked 120th overall.
On March 17 and 19 the Constant Center will play host to the first and second round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
"The Ted" was designed by Southfield, Michigan architecture firm Rossetti.
There have been many big events held at the Constant Center. These have ranged from concerts and shows by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, BB King, Dave Chappelle, Elton John, J.Cole, Mike Epps, Thomas and Friends and Green Day. There have also been many other events such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney performances, Cheerleading competitions, as well as ODU events such as a career fair.
The biggest event that has ever taken place at the Constant Center was the Elton John Concert. This took place March 18, 2011 at the Constant Center. The tickets for this huge event sold out in 3 1/2 hours. The Ted had to add about 1,000 extra seats to accommodate all of the audience members who purchased tickets. There were close to 9,500 people at the event, in a building that holds around 8,500.
Behind the Scenes
At the Ted Constant Convocation Center the Event Staff that works all events is overseen by the company Global Spectrum. They also try to help the surrounding community. Global Spectrum of the Constant Center donated over 2,300 items to benefit local food banks for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Food vendors located inside the Ted are run by the company Aramark. They sell many different foods for the audience, ranging from pizza to dip 'n dots to specialty items such as BBQ.
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