Ted Constant Convocation Center

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Ted Constant Convocation Center
The Ted
Old Dominion's Ted Constant Convocation Center
Location 4320 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Owner Old Dominion University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 8,472 (Basketball)
9,520 (Concerts)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground June 17, 2000[1]
Opened October 25, 2002
Construction cost $47 million
($62.6 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Rossetti Architects
Moseley Architects
Structural engineer Stroud, Pence & Associates Ltd.
General contractor S.B. Ballard Construction Company
Tenants
Old Dominion Monarchs

The Ted Constant Convocation Center is a 219,330-square-foot (20,376 m2), multi-purpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia, United States, on the campus of Old Dominion University. It is operated by Global Spectrum and is known as "The Ted". The Constant Center is part of the University Village project, a 75 acres (30 ha) development that will also feature a shopping center, restaurants, theaters, offices, research labs and residences with connections to the campus. "The Ted" has 7,319 seats, 862 upper club/priority seats, 16 luxury suites, and a scoreboard. The arena currently seats 8,639 for basketball games and 9,520 for concerts. 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.

In 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.[citation needed]

On March 17 and 19 the Constant Center played 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.

In 2015, the Ted received upgraded video systems throughout the stadium including a digital scoreboard from Daktronics.

Old Dominion men's basketball[edit]

Through the 2015–16 season, the Old Dominion Monarchs men's basketball team has a record of 177–54 at the Constant Center for a winning percentage of 76.6%.

Year Home Record Attendance Average Per Game National Ranking
2002–03 8-6 82,742 5,910 #95
2003–04 11-4 85,424 5,695 #96
2004–05 14-1 90,327 6,021 #91
2005–06 14-1 103,725 6,915 #78
2006–07 15-2 105,851 6,227 #88
2007–08 13-4 114,857 6,756 #82
2008–09 16-3 114,911 6,048 #88
2009–10 15-0 104,930 6,995 #76
2010–11 14-2 123,922 7,745 #66
2011–12 11-6 128,563 7,142 #73
2012–13 2-15 112,335 6,608 #77
2013–14 12-6 104,008 5,778 #92
2014–15 20-0 140,072 7,004 #69
2015–16 12-4 112,604 7,037 #68
Overall 177-54 (.766)

Other events[edit]

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.[3] 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. On October 20, 2003, the arena hosted an NBA preseason matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Hornets.[4]

Old Dominion University Graduation Ceremony

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.[5] 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.

Operations[edit]

At the Ted Constant Convocation Center the event staff is overseen by the company Global Spectrum. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groundbreaking ceremony is set for Constant Center". odu.edu. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=49950
  4. ^ "Iverson, 76ers Making Preseason Visit". dailypress.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Elton John provides the Ted's first '360' sellout". hamptonroads.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 

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Coordinates: 36°53′3.01″N 76°18′4.43″W / 36.8841694°N 76.3012306°W / 36.8841694; -76.3012306