Tag: Virginia

Spotlight: D.C., Virginia and West Virginia

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., will have new seating and a new center-hung scoreboard when fans return. (Mike Pennello) Preparing for Reentry Region’s venues remake themselves for when the curtain rises As the holiday season arrives, venues in Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., remain shuttered, like many across the country. And, like peers in other markets, venue professionals from the area sing a familiar tune: Before the pandemic’s arrival, 2020 was set to be a banner year. But venue operators are optimistic that greener pastures are ahead in 2021. In recent years, the region has become a live industry hotbed, hosting coveted tours and programming as glitzy new venues open. Many of the facilities in the area have used forced closures to improve facilities and streamline procedures, so that venues are ready to go when the fog of the coronavirus pandemic lifts.   CLICK HERE FOR […]

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D.C., Virginia and West Virginia: The Spice of Life

Fans gather on the lawn at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., for a night show. (Courtesy Wolf Trap) Variety in bookings helps keep venues of all sizes humming Altria Theater, Richmond, Va. Tim Miller, director of sales and marketing  How did you do in the last year? Overall, it was an extraordinary year. Our contemporary offerings have performed very well at both theaters. We also have tripled our subscriber base and have grown our food and beverage catering offerings, thanks to continued growth of our private events, corporate functions and weddings. Big shows In 2019, Altria Theater continued to host its Broadway in Richmond series, with productions of “The Book of Mormon” and “Waitress” as well as sold-out concerts like Hozier. Dominion Energy Center’s resident companies pack the house with the Richmond Symphony’s production of “The Nutcracker” as well as “The 85 South Show.” But without a […]

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Spectra Selected to Run Planned Richmond Arena

A rendering shows the arena proposed for Richmond, Va., designed by HOK. (Courtesy Spectra) Facility part of $1.5 billion mixed-use development slated for downtown Spectra has been awarded the rights to run all facets of a proposed new arena in Richmond, Va., pending approval of the project by the City Council. The 17,500-seat facility, estimated to cost $235 million, would be part of a $1.5 billion mixed-use development intended to transform the downtown district in Virginia’s capital. Other components include a 500-room hotel, 2,100 new residential units and 500,000 square feet of office space, plus the restoration and conversion of the historic Blues Armory into a three-level grocery, music venue and ballroom. The new arena, designed by HOK, would replace Richmond Coliseum, a 48-year-old building formerly managed by SMG that closed its doors in early 2019. It would be torn down to clear space for new construction, project officials said. […]

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