About the Ted Constant Center Convocation Center
The dream of developing a 75-acre University village became a reality on June 19, 1999 when Old Dominion University broke ground for the first time for the new Ted Constant Convocation Center. Virginia Beach resident, Theodore F. Constant, founder of the Norfolk Beverage Co., made a $5 million donation to the university to support their new venture. After announcing Constant’s gift, President James V. Koch proposed that the Board of Visitors name the village’s center the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Constant Center is the cornerstone in the University Village project, a 75-acre development that will also feature a shopping center, restaurants, theaters, offices, research labs and residences with high-tech connections to the campus.
Designed by the architectural team Moseley/Rosetti, one of the leading sports facility designers in the nation and a leading multidiscipline firm, the center is approximately 215,000 square feet. It features 7,319 fixed seats in the lower bowl, 862 upper club/priority seats and sixteen luxury box suites. Additional seating on the arena floor can take the capacity to 10,000 for such events as commencement. The Constant Center has recently been equipped with more than 50 high-definition flat screen televisions, premiere interactive suite controls, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, impressive meeting room technology, and substantial back of house amenities.
The construction of the facility was financed entirely by student fees, corporate partnerships and private funds. The center opened on October 25, 2002 and is the home of the Monarchs Men's and Women's Basketball programs.
The Ted Constant Convocation Center is managed by Spectra Venue Management. Spectra is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra's expertise is embodied within three main divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services and Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan).