Oceanfront arena receives mixed thoughts among TCC students

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Civil engineering student Andrew Cook says the arena needs unique programming to benefit the community.

Civil engineering student Andrew Cook says the arena needs unique programming to benefit the community. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

City council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to grant a 60-day extension to United States Management, LLC regarding an arena development loan commitment and some Tidewater Community College students have mixed feelings about it.

At TCC, it starts with sports.

Civil engineering student Andrew Cook said the arena may be a good way to make money, as long as it doesn’t spend more than it’s making.

“I think any level of sports would be interesting. But you have to remember we already have field houses, and we already have stadiums,” Cook said. “Unless it’s a new or innovative thing, like an amateur team or something outside of what we already have, then I don’t know if it would be much of a benefit.”

TCC student Rolf Singler said he thinks the arena can bring a professional sports team to Virginia Beach. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

TCC student Rolf Singler said he thinks the arena can bring a professional sports team to Virginia Beach. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

A new sports team is what TCC student Rolf Singler said would draw his attention.

“This is one of the most populous cities in Virginia,” said Singler. “We have the Redskins I guess, but it would be nice to have something closer.”

National touring artists and performers seem to be recurring points of interest for some students.

TCC student Madison Assaid said she supports the arena in hopes Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber would perform there. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

Madison Assaid said she supports the arena in hopes Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber would perform there. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

TCC student Madison Assaid, who is working toward an associate’s degree, said there’s not much to do in Virginia Beach now and that she’s “definitely for it.”

“I feel like we can get a lot of big artists down at the beach,” said Assaid. “I’m a huge huge huge Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber fan, and those two artists can’t come here to play at the amphitheater, just because it’s so small.”

General studies student Emmanuel

Emmanuel Pascasio (left) and Jonathan Diaz (right) said a new arena could attract musicians to the area. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

General studies student Emmanuel Pascasio said Virginia Beach “isn’t the spot,” for touring artists.

“There are probably places like the Norfolk Scope and Hampton Coliseum,” said Pascasio about local venues. “you don’t get big concerts here.”

Criminal justice student Jonathan Diaz also said it could bring EDM artists here, but that it won’t change his mind to move to New York after college.

“It’s just an arena,” said Diaz. “New York has its places, California has its places, Florida has its places, but in Virginia, one spot isn’t going to change anything.”

Social science major Nicolette Taylor said Oceanfront parking is too expensive to draw visitors, new arena or not. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

Nicolette Taylor thinks Oceanfront parking is too expensive to draw visitors, new arena or not. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

Parking at the Oceanfront is a bigger issue than building an arena, according to social sciences student Nicolette Taylor.

“It sounds like a pretty good idea, it would definitely create jobs,” said Taylor. “But if you want more people to come to the Oceanfront, you have to have the availability for us to park our cars, and not expect us to pay an arm and a leg.”

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