The Return of the Virginia Beach Dome

Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2019 by Virginia Beach

The return of the Virginia Beach Dome brings great excitement for those that went to shows there years ago and for those that want to experience it today. It is an area that the resort area has wanted to redevelop for decades. It’s coming back in a BIG way and will have a surf park, a live music entertainment venue, apartments and more. The developers of the project are partnering with Grammy Award Winning artist and Virginia Beach native Pharell Williams. “This absolutely is a transformative project,” Williams said. “The concepts that Venture Realty and their team have put together fills that void that we’ve had at the Oceanfront.”


The Dome Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Dome Back in the Day!


Built in 1957, the Dome was the site of hundreds of concerts before being demolished in 1994. From The Rolling Stones to Ray Charles to Jimi Hendrix, it wasn’t uncommon to hear the screams of teenage girls coming through the doors. Since the early days, Virginia Beach, has always been a great place to enjoy live music.

Depending on the month, the venue was open for roller skating, to watch surfing movies, or even to participate in the annual Garden Club flower sale.

Most locals who lived in Virginia Beach throughout the ‘Dome’s’ “heyday’, have lasting memories from the historic site. Whether going on a first date to a Beach Boys concert, or watching a legendary boxing match, the ‘Dome’ has a place in any true local’s heart. This project will bring all that back and much more.


The Return of The Virginia Beach DomeThe Features of The Wave

  • Year-round destination with programming for locals and tourists
  • Wavegarden Surf Park (1,000 waves per hour)​ You heard that right… 1,000 waves per hour!
  • 3,500-seat live entertainment venue
  • Unique/new to market retail & restaurants and even a cinema
  • Additional entertainment concepts​
  • 426 residential units … imagine living in such a unique part of the resort​

Wave Garden Surf Park


Spectators would be able to watch for free from open decking and grassy areas around the pool and restaurants facing it.

Surfing will be an Olympic sport in 2020. The Venture team envisions the park as a training ground and a place to watch professional athletes demonstrate maneuvers.

The park will make Virginia Beach a destination for advanced surfers and those looking to try the sport, said Jason Borte, a professional surfer and author who runs a local camp.

In Virginia Beach, tickets to surf would cost $45 an hour. Monthly membership options would also be available. Waves could be customized for surfers of all levels, including beginners.


Enjoy this video to get some insights into this incredible project and vision coming to Virginia Beach.

The Wave will bring back the fun at the old dome site and will be another great reason why Virginia Beach is the best destination along the east coast. We will see you all… down at The Wave.


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