Could an NBA team make its home in Virginia Beach?
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WSET) -- Could an NBA team come to Virginia Beach?
Most people said they love the idea of having a professional basketball team in Virginia, and it would make the oceanfront a year-round destination, but officials have said don't get too excited.
The city is in the works of building a big arena, and those plans could better the city's chances.
Joel Rubin is currently working with United States Management, the company building the facility, and said, so far, there has been no talk about a team heading to the arena.
"We haven't had any detailed conversations about it with anybody," he said to WVEC in Virginia Beach.
But, a popular sports website, called SB Nation, ranked Hampton Roads 4th to possibly get a brand new NBA team.
Seattle, Mexico City, and Louisville are the cities in front.
Commissioner Adam Silver announced there's a possibility 30 NBA teams will expand to 32.
"We are thrilled to hear it because we are one of the largest markets in the country without any major professional sports," Rubin explained. "The only numbers we have, estimated awhile ago, was $80-100 million dollars that you have to invest into the facility to accommodate the needs of an NBA or NHL team."
Virginia Beach's mayor said it would still have to be something to discuss.
"The City of Virginia Beach will have to make a wise business decision along with our partners who own the arena," the mayor said. "Can we get to that point? I don't know. I would certainly like to have the opportunity to try and get to that point."
The arena is set to be complete by 2019.