ODU names Chartway Arena at the Ted Constant Convocation Center 

The interior of the Ted will now be named Chartway Arena in recognition of the $4.25 million agreement. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)
The interior of the Ted will now be named Chartway Arena in recognition of the $4.25 million agreement. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University and Chartway Federal Credit Union have signed a 10-year branding and sponsorship agreement for the 8,400-seat arena in the Ted Constant Convocation Center complex.

The interior of the Ted will now be named Chartway Arena in recognition of the $4.25 million agreement. Chartway will also become the official credit union of ODU Athletics.

The agreement also establishes the Chartway-Constant Athletic Scholarship Fund. The fund will award a total of $25,000 in scholarships annually to student-athletes. The fund will continue each year throughout the contract.

“I am pleased to expand on our 15-year partnership with Chartway Federal Credit Union,” Old Dominion President John R. Broderick said. “Their investment in ODU and ODU athletics directly reflects their commitment to enhancing the lives of students and the entire Hampton Roads community.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Old Dominion University and build upon our legacy to continue to support education and the broader local community,” said Chartway Credit Union President and CEO Brian Schools. “We’re proud to be expanding our relationship with the largest university in the Hampton Roads area, which demonstrates our credit union commitment to strengthen the communities in which we serve.”

Alonzo Brandon, vice president for university advancement, noted that the scholarships are named for the Constant family and Chartway, both of whom are longtime partners and friends of Old Dominion and beneficiaries to Old Dominion students. “The new agreement with Chartway wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Constant family,” he said.

Chartway Arena will continue to be home to Old Dominion men’s and women’s basketball games and wrestling matches. The arena will also host career fairs, ODU graduation ceremonies, family-oriented events and concerts. This year, Chartway Arena will feature acts such as international superstar and Grammy winner Lionel Richie and Grammy-nominated comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

Chartway will also host its We Promise Foundation gala at Chartway Arena in October. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $10.5 million to provide life-changing experiences to children facing medical hardship or illness.

In addition to giving back to the community through the scholarship fund, Chartway will offer its members ticket discounts, early-event purchase opportunities, giveaways and more.

OUTFRONT Sports, a division of OUTFRONT Media Inc., facilitated the agreement between Chartway Federal Credit Union and ODU.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.