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CONSTANT CENTER AMONG NATION'S TOP ARENAS, SURVEY SAYS

Old Dominion University's 8,600-seat Ted Constant Convocation Center is ranked 18th in the world for arenas seating 5,001-10,000, according to the 2004 Year-End issue of Venues Today, an industry newsletter.

Based on concert and event grosses for the year ending Oct. 15, the Constant Center finished with $2,528,567 in paid tickets (excluding sporting events), attracting 93,529 visitors to 41 events.

"This is an incredible honor to be recognized among many of the world's top facilities," said Global Spectrum's Doug Higgons, general manager of the Constant Center. "This is a true testament to the wonderful staff who book the events, market the events and sell the tickets, as well as our incredibly loyal customers who have poured into the Constant Center and made us one of the premier facilities in the United States."

The center is managed by Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 40 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Constant Center is one of four Global Spectrum-managed arenas ranking in the top 20 in 5,001-to-10,000-seat venues, including Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas; Everett Events Center in Everett, Wash.; and the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. Since its opening in October 2002, the Constant Center has been ranked by the Hampton Roads community as one of the best sporting and concert venues in the area.

From October 2003 through October 2004, the Ted Constant Convocation Center hosted many soldout events, including the Harlem Globetrotters, 3 Doors Down,
the Philadelphia 76ers, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.

The upcoming 2005 calendar also looks promising. Global Spectrum has already confirmed Sesame Street Live, The Harlem Globetrotters, the And 1 Street Ball Live, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, the First Annual "Taste of Chaos" Tour, Winter Jam 2005, Sarah McLachlan and The Boston Pops. In addition, the arena is once again home to Old Dominion University men's and women's basketball.

This article was posted on: December 13, 2004

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