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 and Lady Monarchs Basketball programs.
The Ted Constant Convocation Center is managed by Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com), which is the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia-based company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, a regional sports programming network, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.
“Our goal is to provide something for everyone in the Hampton Roads community at the Ted Constant Convocation Center,” said Doug Higgons, Regional Vice President for Global Spectrum and General Manager of the Constant Center.
For more information about Global Spectrum, visit www.global-spectrum.com.