The city wants Virginia taxpayers to help pay for a pro basketball arena.
Virginians long have had professional sports envy, forced to cheer for pro teams beyond the commonwealth. If Virginia Beach has its way, that could change.
The city wants to woo a pro team, rumored to be the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings. All it needs is an arena, but those aren’t cheap. So city officials have asked the commonwealth for some financial help. “Some” in this case means $150 million, of which $70 million would help pay for an arena and $80million would pay unspecified moving costs for the team.