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Hampton Roads Coliseum

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1968–1970, A. G. Odell, Jr., and Associates. 1000 Coliseum Dr.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Like a futuristic vision plucked from Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City, the Hampton Roads Coliseum is designed to be viewed at high speed from a moving vehicle. Unlike the contemporaneous—and more expensive—Scope in Norfolk, the $8.5 million coliseum was intelligently situated outside downtown Hampton on a visually uninterrupted sweep of land and water on the north side of I-64; thus the straightforward radial design may be viewed from multiple angles across multiple terrains. The most distinctive exterior element is a repeated rhomboidal wall unit in precast concrete, intended to recall a ship's sail. The units are mounted on a reinforced concrete base, and they support a roofing system composed of a steel truss framework with suspension cables. On the interior are 7,336 permanent seats on two levels, with a maximum capacity of 11,027 seats. Southeast of the coliseum is a large spring-fed pond connected to the coliseum's cooling plant.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Hampton Roads Coliseum", [Hampton, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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