The Dome Site is an 8.6-acre development between 18th and 20th streets and is bordered by Pacific and Arctic Avenues. For more than 35 years, the Dome was THE entertainment venue in Virginia Beach. Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Ray Charles all played there. Named for its golf ball-like appearance, the Dome existed on this site until 1994. It was demolished to make way for a bigger and better entertainment complex.
The City of Virginia Beach is currently negotiating with Dallas, Texas' Leisure and Recreational Concepts, Inc. (LARC). The plan is to develop the former Dome Site into a futuristic entertainment megaplex.
The site will feature a variety of entertainment options and a parking garage. Preliminary plans for the site include the tallest Ferris wheel on the east coast, movie theatres, a bowling alley, an ice skating rink, a 2,500-seat Broadway-style theatre, children’s amusement rides and much more. The site could also serve as the final destination for the proposed light-rail line.