The 21st Annual Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on August 13 from 4-7PM. This free, family-oriented event focuses on crime prevention, wellness, safety, neighborhood unity and family fun. There will be local Police, Fire and Sheriff department representatives as well as kid-friendly entertainment and activities.

Register Now

District businesses related to health, safety or crime prevention are invited to participate at no cost. This is a great opportunity to promote your business, show your community support, and network with other District businesses. Click here to register. Deadline to register is July 12.

Advertise Your Business Via Billboard

Coliseum Central is showcasing District businesses as part of our seasonal billboard campaigns. Each campaign will have a theme and will highlight businesses using fun taglines. There is no cost to participate. Adams Outdoor Advertising will create the ad and businesses will have final approval before it runs. Billboard campaigns will run for up to two weeks.

Our next campaign is Summer events, activities and leisure. If your business pertains to those categories, is located in Coliseum Central and you would like to participate, please visit https://news.coliseumcentral.com/billboard.

Deadline to submit materials for summer campaign is May 31. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.


Events & Entertainment

Mother’s Day Celebration

The Mother’s Day Celebration returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on May 11. This annual event features music from today’s biggest gospel artists including Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobs-Leonard, Clark Sisters and Ricky Dillard. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Hampton Coliseum Box Office. For more information click here.

The Bodacious Bazaar

The Bodacious Bazaar Spring Show comes to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) May 24-26. Over 250 vendors, artists and crafters along with several of Virginia’s finest wineries will be on site for this 3-day shopping extravaganza. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. For more information click here.

Brick Fest Live

Brick Fest Live is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) June 8-9. Brick fans will enjoy life-sized models, hands-on activities, shopping for hard-to-find items and more! Enhance your experience with a VIP Ticket which includes an event exclusive build, VIP badge and collectible event pin. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.


Announcements

Celebrating Our Small Businesses

There are many small businesses that call Coliseum Central home. We understand that they are an important part of the success of the District and would like to recognize them in our Small Business Spotlight. Each month we want to shine the spotlight on a District business to learn who they are, what they do, and where you can find them.

If you are a small business owner in the District and would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, please click here to submit your business information, logo and headshot.

Spring Guide

Spring is in the air and Coliseum Central is the place to be! We have 14 shopping centers where you’re sure to find all the spring essentials, dozens of salons and spas to pamper yourself, 70+ eateries when you need a break, and lots of entertainment venues for a day of fun. Find all there is to do in Coliseum Central this spring here.

The Spring Festival

Parklawn – Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park (2551 N. Armistead Ave.) is hosting The Spring Festival May 10-11. The Parklawn-Wood Social on Friday, May 10 provides guests with an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the facility from 10AM-3PM. Saturday events include a Mother’s Day Celebration and Paws for Pride pet expo from 10AM-2PM. Guests can enjoy music, food, 80+ vendors, giveaways, pony rides, goat yoga and pet rescues. For more information click here.

Swim Lessons at HVA

Get ready for water fun this summer with swim lessons at the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex (1908 Coliseum Drive.) They offer lessons for all ages and skill levels. Parent and child classes introduce children 6 months – 3 years to the water and teach parents water safety. Separate classes are available for preschool and school-aged children as well as those with special needs. Adult classes, dive instruction, and intro to competitive swim round out the offerings. Click here for more information or to register.

Upcoming Blood Drives

May 23
11AM-3PM
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 N. Armistead Ave.


Development Updates

Under Construction

Peninsula Town Center
Chase Bank
1700 W. Mercury Blvd.

Peninsula Town Center
Luna Estelle
1246 Merchant Lane

Onelife Fitness Grand Opening

Onelife Fitness (2190 Coliseum Drive) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 8 to open their new 60,000 square foot club. Amenities at the facility include state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, indoor saltwater pool & whirlpool, boutique studio classes, cycle studio, strike boxing, cardio cinema, kid’s club, and more! In addition to these amenities, members also have access to 9 area locations. Click here to take a virtual tour of the facility, join online, or claim a free trial pass.

sweetFrog Grand Opening

Many city dignitaries and community members were on-hand as sweetFrog (97 Coliseum Crossing) held a grand opening celebration on April 17. sweetFrog features a variety of flavors of soft-serve premium frozen yogurt and a large toppings bar, allowing customers to create their own dessert. This location also features a party room perfect for birthdays or other celebrations. For more information, click here.

Academies of Hampton

Hampton City Schools has transformed its four high schools into 16 career-focused, community-connected, small learning communities, better known as the Academies of Hampton. The 16 academies are broken down into 44 different pathways of study including:

  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Digital Media
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Counseling
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Financial Services
  • Information Design
  • Entrepreneurship & Marketing
  • Video Media Production
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Culinary Arts

Become a Partner

Every business, no matter how large or small, can be engaged in the Academies of Hampton. Partnership activities vary depending on the pathway needs and partner interests and resources. Partnership opportunities include:

Work With Students & Teachers

  • Internship/Apprenticeship
  • Mentor
  • Job Shadow Experience
  • Teacher Externships

Volunteer

  • Academy Advisory Board
  • Curriculum Advisor
  • Guest Speaker
  • Career Competition Judging or Sponsorship

Support

  • Business/Industry Tour
  • Advocacy
  • In-kind Donations

Summer Youth Employment Program

Could your business use additional help this summer? The city’s Office Of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities is accepting applications from local businesses to employ Hampton youth and young adults ages 16-24. Employees may work up to 20 hours per week from June 17-August 23.

There is no cost to businesses. All program participants are paid by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities. Students are matched with businesses based on their interests and availability. For more information or to apply, visit https://news.coliseumcentral.com/summer-employment. The deadline to apply is May 1.


Events & Entertainment

Tastefully Yours

Tastefully Yours, the Peninsula’s premier food tasting event, will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on April 11 from 6:00-9:30PM. Guests will enjoy samplings for over 30 local food establishments, craft beer, wine, live music, mini Vegas, photo booths, and more! Tastefully Yours is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, supporting programs to help those experiencing food insecurity.

For information about sponsorships, restaurant registration, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Iverson Classic

NBA star Allen Iverson brings his Iverson Classic, an NBA-certified event, to Hampton this May. The top high school basketball players in the country will battle in the 24K Showcase and skills competition May 2 at Bethel High School (1067 Big Bethel Rd.) and the All-American Game at the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Dr.) May 4. Former NBA stars will serve as coaches and mentors. Get your tickets today!

Hampton Jazz & Music Festival

The 54th Annual Hampton Jazz & Music Festival takes place June 28-30 at the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Dr.) Jazz, blues, and R&B artists including Boyz II Men, KEM, Coco Jones, and Brian Culbertson will be performing throughout the weekend. Click here for a complete lineup or to purchase tickets.


Announcements

Women Who Lead With Purpose

In honor of Women’s History Month, Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus is hosting the Women Who Lead With Purpose Symposium on March 21 at 5:30PM. A panel discussion featuring Captain Janet H. Days, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk; Mary Bunting, Hampton City Manager; and Michelle Ellis-Young, CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads will provide insights on achieving success in business and community endeavors.

For more information, call 757-896-6001. Click here to register.

Donate to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank needs your help to fill their shelves. Food or monetary donations can be dropped off at their location at 2401 Aluminum Ave. or at one of these local events:

April 4 – Cava (2033 Coliseum Dr.) will be accepting donations during their grand opening.

April 6 from 9:30AM-12:00PM – Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union (2130 Cunningham Dr.) will be accepting donations during their shred event.

April 1-29 – Walmart (1900 Cunningham Dr.) will be giving customers the option to make a donation at the check-out. Customers can also give online.

Spring Plant Sale

The Hampton Master Gardeners spring plant sale will take place May 4 at Bluebird Gap Farm (60 Pine Chapel Rd.) from 9AM-12PM. Bring your own wagon or cart and stock up on locally grown plants. Master Gardeners will be available for free plant advice as well. Click here for more information.

Shred Day

Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union (2130 Cunningham Dr,) will host a Shred Day event April 6 from 9:30AM-12:00PM. Bring your confidential documents (up to 3 bags/bankers’ boxes per member) to shred. Please bring non-perishable food or monetary donations for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Hampton City Schools Art Show

Artwork from Hampton City School students will be showcased at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Dr.) from April 1-28 for Create 2024, the annual high school art show. Visitors can view the artwork Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM. There will be a reception on April 16 from 6:00-7:30PM with make-and-take and interactive activities, including selfie stations, origami, friendship bracelets, and more.

Upcoming Blood Drives

April 7
9:30AM-2:30PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr.


Private Development Updates

Now Open

Coliseum Marketplace
Onelife Fitness
2190 Coliseum Dr.
757-516-7530

Grand Opening April 4

Peninsula Town Center
Cava
2033 Coliseum Dr.

Opening 1st Week in April

Coliseum Crossing
SweetFrog
96 Coliseum Crossing

B.J. Roberts Behavioral Health Center Groundbreaking

The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board (CSB) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the BJ Roberts Behavioral Health Center (300 Marcella Rd.) on March 14. Many elected officials, healthcare providers and stakeholders were on-hand for the ceremony. The center is named after longtime Hampton Sheriff B. J. Roberts, who died in 2020.

The center, which is expected to open in December, will provide 16 residential crisis beds and will have 16 temporary seats for patients awaiting treatment.

Image and Stylez Salon Grand Opening

Image & Stylez Salon (3130 Allainby Way) held a grand opening celebration on March 25. Mayor Donnie Tuck was on-hand to assist with the ribbon cutting. Image and Stylez Salon provides cosmetology, barber and nail services. Book your appointment today.

Annual Meeting Recap

The Coliseum Central Annual Meeting took place February 21 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. District stakeholders and business partners came together to network, learn and celebrate the theme of “connection”. Coliseum Central would like to extend a special thanks to the Academies of Hampton, Allison Moore, Ava Green, Drenna Love, Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, Hampton Police Chief Jimmie Wideman, Karen Orie and Sonya Daniels for their contributions to our program. Sincerest thanks to all who attended and for their continued support of Coliseum Central’s efforts. Click here to learn about BID benefits and resources.

Board Members

Coliseum Central would like to welcome the following new Board Members, who were elected during the Annual Meeting:

Michael Edmonds, Center for Child & Family Services
Mary Harper, Rosie’s Gaming Emporium
Eric Harrell, Bryant & Stratton College
Elizabeth Johnson, Bass Pro Shops
Jerry Kellam, Sentara CarePlex Hospital
Philip Scotti, Philip Michael Fashion For Men

Coliseum Central would like to thank the following retiring Board Members for their commitment and service to the District:

Dustin Edmonds
Vincent Jordan
Brian Koenitzer
Marilyn Matheny

Coliseum Central “Best of” Winners

Coliseum Central would like to congratulate the 2024 “Best of” Coliseum Central Award winners.

Best Car Dealership
First Team Hampton Chevrolet

Best Customer Service
Chick Fil-A at Coliseum Drive

Best Entertainment Experience
Hampton Coliseum

Best Financial Institution
Langley Federal Credit Union

Best Hotel
Embassy Suites

Best Medical Practice/Facility
Sentara CarePlex Hospital

Best New Business
Chicken Salad Chick

Best Restaurant
Park Lane Tavern

Best Retailer
Bass Pro Shops

Best Shopping Center
Peninsula Town Center

Best SWaM Business
U Rock Art

Most Kid-Friendly Business/Attraction
Bluebird Gap Farm

Ambassador of the Year
Drenna Love, Legacy School & Career Apparel


Events & Entertainment

Tastefully Yours

Tastefully Yours, the Peninsula’s premier food tasting event, will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on April 11 from 6:00-9:30PM. Guests will enjoy samplings for over 30 local food establishments, craft beer, wine, live music, mini Vegas, photo booths, and more! Tastefully Yours is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, supporting programs to help those experiencing food insecurity.

For information about sponsorships, restaurant registration, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Monster Jam

Monster Jam rolls into the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) April 19-21. See the world’s best drivers and their 12,000-pound monster trucks compete in head-to-head battles, freestyle and skills competitions. Upgrade your experience and join the Monster Jam Pit Party for family-friendly activities, meet-and-greets, autographs, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Country For Kids

Country for Kids, the annual charity concert to benefit the Center for Child & Family Services, is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) April 27. Country music singer/songwriter Chris Janson returns to the stage, bringing hits like “Buy Me a Boat” and “Good Vibes”, as well as his soon-to-be-released single “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get.” For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Announcements

Women Who Lead With Purpose

In honor of Women’s History Month, Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus is hosting the Women Who Lead With Purpose Symposium on March 21 at 5:30PM. A panel discussion featuring Captain Janet H. Days, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk; Mary Bunting, Hampton City Manager; and Michelle Ellis-Young, CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads will provide insights on achieving success in business and community endeavors.

For more information, call 757-896-6001. Click here to register.

Hampton Restaurant Week

Get your taste buds ready. Hampton Restaurant Week runs March 3-17. Try something new as participating restaurants offer special fixed price lunch and/or dinner menus. For a list of participating restaurants, click here.

Summer Youth Employment Program

The city’s Office Of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities is accepting applications from local businesses to participate as a host site for the Summer Youth Employment Program. This 10-week program provides summer employment for Hampton youth ages 16-24 from June 17-August 23.

There is no cost to businesses. All program participants are paid by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities. Students are matched with host sites based on their interests and availability.

For more information or to apply, click here. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Upcoming Blood Drives

April 1
10AM-3PM
Bass Pro Shops
1972 Power Plant Pkwy.


coliseumcentral.com

Coliseum Central Virtual Tour

Coliseum Central partnered with Vistity to create a 360° virtual tour of the entire District. The tour is prominently located on the front page of our new website, allowing visitors to see all that Coliseum Central has to offer.

The Tour includes:

  • Venues and Shopping Centers
  • Points of Interest
  • Videos
  • Photo Galleries

Individual businesses can be included as points of interest. A brief description, photos, video, and website link can be included for each point of interest. Have your Coliseum Central business added to the virtual tour by submitting your information here.

Personalized Business Page

Coliseum Central’s updated website includes a free, personalized business page for each District business. Each page includes a description, address, phone number, email address, website and social links, photos, hours of operation, and Google map. Click here to find your business page. Review your business page and submit any updates, photos, or information here.

Post Your Job

Share your job openings with us. Our robust form allows you to share information such as employment type, job description, weekly and shift hours, duties, requirements, work conditions, benefits, and more. Click here to share your job listing. Submissions will be reviewed prior to posting on the website.

Promote Your Event

Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.

Hampton Restaurant Week

Hampton Restaurant Week will take place March 3-17. This year’s theme is “Never Fear Flavor.” During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer special fixed price menus for lunch and/or dinner. Pricing for lunch will be $10-15 and dinner will be $25-35. Make plans to visit some of your favorite restaurants or take the opportunity to try something new.

A list of participating restaurants will be available later this month.

Restaurants located in Hampton are invited to participate. Click here to register. Applications are due by February 7.

Tastefully Yours

Tastefully Yours, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place April 11 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive). This premier food tasting event features samplings from local food establishments, craft beer, wine, live music, mini Vegas, photo booths, and more.

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is looking for local restaurants, culinary programs and catering companies interested in participating in the event. Participants will provide bite- sized samples of signature dishes for up to 1,000 guests to enjoy. There is no fee to participate. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

For more information or to register, click here.


Events & Entertainment

Hampton Roads Home Show

The Hampton Roads Home Show is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on February 24-25. The Peninsula’s largest home show features landscaping companies, remodeling contractors, interior decorating companies, and more. Tickets are available at the door and include a free return pass good for the entire weekend. For more information, click here.

The Love Hard Tour

The Love Hard Tour is coming to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on March 16. The lineup includes Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Jahiem and K. Michelle. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

We Them One’s Comedy Tour

We Them One’s Comedy Tour comes to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on March 31. Schedule to appear are Mike Epps, Deray Davis, Lil Duval, DC Young Fly, Chico Bean, and Mojo Brookzz. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.


Announcements

Retail Alliance Retail Therapy

Retail Alliance will hosts Retail Therapy: A Women’s Wellness Retreat February 25-26 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Waterfront. This one-of-a-kind retreat offers the opportunity to unwind, recharge, and discover the perfect balance between self-care and business growth.

Attendees will enjoy:

  • Insightful Speakers
  • Wellness Sessions
  • Networking Opportunities & Headshots
  • Relaxation & Fun

For more information or to register, click here.

Hampton Heroes

A ceremony was held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honoring Hampton Heroes. Those honored include former City Council member Will Moffett and several men and women who developed and maintained the historic Aberdeen Gardens neighborhood. After a presentation inside the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the names of each honoree were unveiled in the Hampton Heroes and Dr. Martin Luther King Plaza.

To view a video of the ceremony, click here.

Momo’s Cafe Valentine’s Buffet

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Momo’s Cafe (1930 Power Plant Parkway). They will be offering a Valentine’s Day Buffet on February 14 from 5:30-8:00PM. The menu includes a salad bar, peel and eat shrimp, three entrees, sides and chocolate fondue for dessert. Dinner for two to go and dessert orders will be available for pick up. Click here for more information.

Hampton Virginia Aquaplex Swim Lessons

The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex offers preschool, school aged, adult, parent & child, and intro to competitive swim lessons. New classes are starting this month. Click here to register.

Upcoming Blood Drives

February 9
12:45-4:30PM
YMCA Health & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive

February 29
2-6PM
Northampton Christian Church
1409 Todds Lane


Development Updates

Now Open

Coliseum Crossing
Foot Locker
17 Coliseum Crossing
757-827-2395

Peninsula Town Center
Kidtique
4400 Kilgore Ave.
757-755-3312

Peninsula Town Center
UR Custom T-Shirt
2503 McMenamin St.
757-770-6393

Coming Soon

KEDPlasma
1960 Saville Row

Billboard Advertisement

Coliseum Central is showcasing District businesses as part of our seasonal billboard campaigns. Each campaign will have a theme and will highlight businesses using fun taglines. There is no cost to participate. Adams Outdoor Advertising will create the ad and businesses will have final approval before it runs. Billboard campaigns will run for up to two weeks.

Our next campaign is Spring events (spring break, spring cleaning, etc.). If your business is located in Coliseum Central and you would like to participate, please click here for the registration form.

Deadline to submit materials for spring campaign is March 1. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.

“Best of” Coliseum Central

Vote for the “Best of” Coliseum Central businesses here. Deadline to vote is January 31. Winners will be announced at the Coliseum Central Annual Meeting on February 21.

Best Car Dealership
Classic Toyota
First Team Hampton Chevrolet
Wynne Ford

Best Customer Service
Chick-Fil-A at Coliseum Drive
Nicholas & Meland Family Eyecare
U Rock Art

Best Entertainment Experience
29th & Green Bistro
Hampton Coliseum
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium

Best Financial Institution
Bayport Credit Union
Langley Federal Credit Union
Primis Bank

Best Hotel
Embassy Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Hyatt Place

Best Medical Practice/Facility
Nicholas & Meland Family Eyecare
Sentara CarePlex
TPMG Family Practice

Best New Business
29th & Green Bistro
Chicken Salad Chick
U Rock Art

Best Restaurant
29th & Green Bistro
La Parrilla
Park Lane Tavern

Best Retailer
Bass Pro Shops
Nicholas & Meland Family Eyecare
U Rock Art

Best Shopping Center
Coliseum Crossing
Peninsula Town Center
Riverpointe

Best SWaM Business
Legacy School & Career Apparel
U Rock Art
Williams O’Delicious Bakery

Most Kid-Friendly Business/Attraction
Bluebird Gap Farm
Marys’ Park at PTC
U Rock Art

Coliseum Central Annual Meeting

The Coliseum Central Annual Meeting will take place Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 8:30-10:00AM at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. This year’s agenda will look a little different. We will be providing information about benefits that BID members can take advantage of as well as an awards ceremony highlighting the “Best of” businesses in the District.

RSVP Now

If you work, conduct business, own property or have another vested interest in Coliseum Central, we encourage you to attend! This event is free and open to all members of the BID. Formal invitations will be mailed out soon. RSVP now.


Events & Entertainment

Professional Bull Riding

The PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) February 23-24. This event features some of the best athletes in the sport going head-to-head with the fiercest bulls in the country. Be there for all the action with the PBR Two-Day Package ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Jurassic World Live Tour

Jurassic World comes to life in an action-packed live arena show March 1-3 at the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive). Get your adventure started with a special pre-show experience, included with your ticket. There will be photo opportunities with Jurassic World dinosaurs Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Baby Bumpy and the Jurassic World Jeep. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the largest of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard, returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) February 29-March 3. Find everything for quilt, fiber, wearable, and textile artists and home sewers at The Merchants Mall. Attend workshops and lectures by leading instructors. And peruse the finest collection of quilt, garment, and fiber art exhibitions. For more information, click here.


Announcements

State of the City Recap

Hampton’s State of the City event was held December 8, 2023 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Mayor Donnie Tuck’s keynote address focused on the city’s legacy of innovation, from aerospace engineering to climate resiliency. One of the innovative resiliency projects is currently taking place in the District. The Lake Hampton Resilience Park will reduce flooding and pollution, provide a thriving habitat for wildlife and create a shared-use path connecting to the Waterwalk Trail.

City Manager Mary Bunting and Hampton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond Haynes reported on the successes of the Academies of Hampton, including an on-time graduation rate above 96 percent.

Click here for more information.

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Awards

The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) has earned several accolades recently. They won two Pinnacle Awards from the regional chapter of the Public Relations Society of America — for the Black History Pass digital platform and for the marketing of the Aquaplex. The CVB also received a Community Award from USA Artistic Swimming for hosting the Junior Olympics at the Aquaplex this year. The CVB and the Hampton Roads Convention Center earned Readers’ Choice Awards from ConventionSouth.

Winter Guide

Coliseum Central has everything you need to start the new year off right! Whether you’re trying to eat healthy, get in shape or make a fresh start, find everything you need at one of the hundreds of businesses that call Coliseum Central home.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Blood Drives

January 15
10AM-3PM
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 N. Armistead Ave.

February 9
12:45-4:30PM
YMCA Health & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive


Development Updates

CenterWell Senior Primary Care Ribbon Cutting

CenterWell Senior Primary Care officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 6. CenterWell Senior Primary Care is a one-stop doctor’s office with complete care for Medicare and Medicare Advantage patients. Each location is designed around the unique needs of older patients, with special exam rooms, longer appointments, and shorter wait times. Their on-site activity centers offer patients and local seniors alike opportunities to stay socially and physically active. For more information, visit https://www.centerwellprimarycare.com/

Showcase Your Business

Coliseum Central is showcasing District businesses as part of our seasonal billboard campaigns. Each campaign will have a theme and will highlight businesses using fun taglines. The winter campaign highlighted holiday shopping and dining.

There is no cost to participate. Adams Outdoor Advertising will create the ad and businesses will have final approval before it runs. Billboard campaigns will run for up to two weeks at three locations- two on I-64 at Rip Rap Road in Hampton (east-and westbound) and one on High Street in Portsmouth, reaching motorists heading to I-664.

  • Upload logo in png format
  • Upload a business photo, preferably showcasing the product or services you provide. If you do not have a business photo, we can assist with finding stock photography that represents your business.

Deadline to submit materials for Valentine’s Day is January 19. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.

Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland presented by Sentara kicked off the holiday season at the Hampton Coliseum on November 18. More than 5,000 attended this family-friendly event, which featured activities inside and outside the Hampton Coliseum. During the event $143 and four boxes of food were collected for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who helped make Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland presented by Sentara a success!


Events & Entertainment

Holiday Wonder Walk

The Water Walk Trail will be illuminated for the holidays as the Holiday Wonder Walk returns December 16-25, from 5-8PM nightly. The trail behind the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) will be decorated with a variety of animated displays, large-scale scenic props, video enhancements, and lighted bridges and path. There will also be kid’s activities, food, strolling entertainment, and other surprises along the way.

Admission and activities are free. Free parking is available at the Hampton Coliseum. Click here for more information.

Greenberg’s Great Train Show

The largest and longest-running train and toy show in the northeast is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) December 9-10. Greenberg’s Great Train Show features thousands of trains and collectible toys for sale, hundreds of merchandising tables, huge operating model train displays, free workshops and seminars, kid’s activities and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Promote Your Event

Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.


Announcements

Bowman’s Soul N The Wall CommUNITY Support

Bowman’s Soul N The Wall Restaurant (1899 N. Armistead Ave.) is collecting new or gently used coats and socks for those in need during their CommUNITY Winter Drive, through December 20.

In addition, the restaurant will be serving free holiday meals on Christmas Day, December 25, from 11AM-1PM. Click here for more information.

Bryant & Stratton College Winter Registration

Winter 2024 Registration is underway at Bryant & Stratton College (5030 Kilgore Ave.) Rapid Registration Days Kickoff takes place Saturday, December 9th from 10AM-1PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about financial aid opportunities, and speak with representatives about degree programs that are offered.

To RSVP for Rapid Registration, call 757-896-6001. For more information about Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus, click here.

Hampton Virgina Aquaplex

The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex was honored recently with two awards for its design. The facility, which opened late last year, was recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America with the National Award of Merit in the Civic/Assembly category. Also, Engineering News-Record magazine recognized the Aquaplex with an Award of Merit in the Sports/Entertainment category for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Holiday Shopping & Dining

The holiday season is here and Coliseum Central is your one stop for all your holiday needs. With fourteen shopping centers and hundreds of stores you’ll find something for everyone on your list. And find the perfect place for a holiday get-together at one of our 70+ dining options.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Blood Drives

December 26
10AM-3PM
Bass Pro Shops
1972 Power Plant Pkwy.

January 7
9:30AM-2:30PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Drive


Development Updates

Help the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (2401 Aluminum Ave. ) needs your help to fill their shelves so they can continue to provide healthy meals to those in need this holiday season. Get others involved by including a food drive event at holiday parties or family get-togethers. Non-perishable donations can be taken to the Foodbank or one of the many local drop-off locations.

To learn more about how you can help or to find a list of drop-off locations, click here.

Qdoba Ribbon Cutting

Qdoba Mexican Eats held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newest location at 1123 W. Mercury Blvd. on November 30. Dignitaries on-hand included Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray and Council Members Chris Bowman and Hope Harper. Qdoba’s mission is to make the world a more flavorful place. They use quality ingredients in their freshly-made, Mexican-inspired food to bring out the most delicious flavors. For more information, click here.

Annual Meeting Awards

  • Best Car Dealership
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Entertainment Experience
  • Best Financial Institution
  • Best Hotel
  • Best Medical Practice/Facility
  • Best New Business
  • Best Retailer
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Shopping Center
  • Best SWaM Business
  • Most Kid-Friendly Business/Attraction

Submit your nominations here. Nominations will close on December 31, 2023. Stay tuned! Voting information will be included in the January newsletter. Winners will be announced at the Coliseum Central Annual Meeting.

Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland presented by Sentara returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on November 18 from 12-5PM.

This FREE, festive celebration includes fun for the whole family. We are bringing back many of the activities from last year and are adding Princess Meet & Greets, axe throwing, enhanced games and interactive photo booths. This year’s event will also feature outdoor activities including an inflatable slide, maze and giant snowman, a petting zoo, and holiday-themed ponies.

For more information, click here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS


Events & Entertainment

Mayflower Marathon

The 27th Annual Mayflower Marathon Holiday Food Drive, benefiting the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, will take place November 17-19 in the Kroger (1050 W. Mercury Blvd.) parking lot. This 57 1/2 hour food drive will provide thousands of meals for families experiencing food insecurity in our community. It’s easy to give- simply drive through and donate without getting out of your vehicle. Volunteers will be on site to collect your food or monetary donations.

For more information, click here.

Frankie Beverly & Maze

Legendary R&B group Frankie Beverly & Maze will be bringing their “I Wanna Thank You Tour” to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on November 25. They will be joined by special guests The Isley Brothers. Tickets are available at the Hampton Coliseum Box Office or at Ticketmaster.com. Click here for more information.

MADE Hoops Basketball Tournament

MADE Hoops will bring basketball teams from across the region to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) December 2-3. The East Winter Circuit features top teams in 5th-8th grades in the East Region. For more information, click here.


Announcements

Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union Receives Grant

Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union (HRECU) (2130 Cunningham Drive) was awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Credit Union Administration. This grant will be used to implement additional features to improve HRECU member’s online experience.

Technical upgrades will allow for Video/Chat banking with members via the credit union website. In addition, the grant will fund an ATM Deposit Processing Software that will allow an automated release of deposits to members on holidays, after hours, or on weekends.

The upgrades will become available to members by the first of the year.

State of the City- Hampton

The State of the City – Hampton will take place Friday, December 8 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

Bass Pros Shops (1972 Power Plant Parkway) kicks off Santa’s Wonderland on November 4 with a parade to welcome Santa to the store.

The event will feature tons of fun. Be sure to see Santa and receive a free 4×6 photo of your visit, stop by the Christmas Toy Shop, or mail your letter to Santa. There will also be giveaways while supplies last

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will run through December 24.

Upcoming Blood Drives

November 10
10:30AM-1:30PM
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive

November 17
12:45-4:30PM
YMCA Health & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive


Development Updates

Coming Soon

Sweet Frog
Coliseum Crossing
96 Coliseum Crossing

Teriyaki Madness
Peninsula Town Center
2300 Coliseum Drive

Riverside Psychiatric ER Ribbon Cutting

Riverside Health System held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the stand-alone Psychiatric Emergency Department at Riverside Mental Health & Recovery Center (2244 Executive Drive) on October 5. This 15,800 square-foot facility, the first of its kind in Virginia, is designed to provide immediate care to people in a mental health or addiction crisis. There are twenty treatment areas, with separate areas for adults and pediatrics, open community areas, sensory rooms, and secure outdoor areas designed for de-escalation, and on-site lab services.

Governor Glenn Youngkin and Mayor Donnie Tuck were on-hand to assist in the ribbon cutting. The facility will open to the community later this fall. For more information, click here.

New Website

The new and improved coliseumcentral.com is live with updated graphics, new and exciting features and enhanced business pages to better serve your business.

Post Your Job

Share your job openings with us. Our robust form allows you to share information such as employment type, job description, weekly & shift hours, duties, requirements, work conditions, benefits and more. Click here to share your job listing. Submissions will be reviewed prior to posting on the website.

Personalized Business Page

Did you know that every District business has its own page on coliseumcentral.com? Visit https://news.coliseumcentral.com/business-list to find your business page. Review your business page and submit additional updates, photos or information here.

Whimsical Winter Wonderland

Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on November 18 from 12-5PM. This FREE, festive celebration includes fun for the whole family. Aerialists, jugglers, and illusionists will entertain guests on the main stage and holiday-themed decor will provide ample opportunities for photos. In addition, there will be roaming characters and stilt walkers, a variety of photo booths, face painting, balloon and glitter tattoo artists, and carnival-style games.

New for 2023

We are excited to announce that this year the Whimsical Winter Wonderland will expand to include activities outside the Hampton Coliseum! New for this year:

  • Five inflatables, including a slide, maze and obstacle course
  • Iceless Curling
  • Petting Zoo
  • Holiday-themed Ponies
  • LOVEwork sign
  • DJ

New indoor activities include enhanced games, Princess Meet & Greets, inflatable amusement fun park for the little ones, and axe throwing with foam velcro axes.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Celebrate the season and promote your organization by serving as a Whimsical Winter Wonderland sponsor. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities.


Events & Entertainment

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice: Magic in the Stars comes to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) October 19-22. Take a magical journey through the timeless stories of Cinderella, Aladdin, Toy Story, and Cars, and today’s favorites including Encanto, Frozen 2 and Moana. Celebrate with Tiana, Rapunzel and the Disney Princesses and meet Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon. Click here for more information, or to purchase tickets.

Jazz Legacy Gala Weekend

The Jazz Legacy Foundation’s 11th Annual Gala Weekend returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) November 9-12 with a star-studded lineup, including Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, and Sheila E. The Jazz Legacy Foundation’s mission is to preserve the Art of Jazz through music education. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Bodacious Bazaar

The Bodacious Bazaar Fall Show comes to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) November 10-12. This three-day shopping extravaganza features hundreds of vendors, artists, crafters, and several of Virginia’s finest wineries. Click here for more information.


Announcements

Virginia Retail Matters Replay

If you missed Retail Alliance’s Virginia Retail Matters live, you can watch it on WTKR News 3’s website. This video includes a presentation of an in-depth retail study conducted by Main Street America and the 2024 Outlook on Virginia legislation that impacts the retail sector. Watch the replay here. To purchase a digital copy of the full research report, click here.

Guest speakers include Matt Wagner, Chief Program Officer at Main Street America, expert lobbyists from Virginia Retail Federation, and leadership from Retail Alliance. For more information or to register, click here.

Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival

Usher in the Fall season at the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival (60 Pine Chapel Road) October 21-22. The festival runs from 10AM-5PM each day with a variety of children’s activities, hayrides, master gardening, punkin’ chunkin’, live entertainments, and much more!

Admission and activities are free. Food and pumpkins are available for purchase.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank needs your help to keep their shelves full so that they can continue to provide healthy meals to those in need. It is estimated that one in 7 individuals, or more than 50,000 people in our area are affected by food insecurity. That number continues to increase with rising food and fuel costs.

There are many ways to help:

  • Monetary donations allow the Foodbank to purchase much-needed items like fresh produce, meat, and dairy products
  • Non-perishable food donations are accepted at the Foodbank or any number of drop-off locations in the area.
  • Online sites like Instacart or You Give Goods offer free delivery
  • Host a food drive event in person or online
  • Link your rewards programs at Kroger & Walmart and they’ll make a donation every time you shop

To learn more about how you can help, click here.

Upcoming Blood Drives

October 24
8AM-2PM
City Hall
22 Lincoln St.


Business Updates

One-On-One Meetings with Retailers

Coliseum Central wants to hear from you- our business owners and managers. We understand that running a business can be challenging, and we are here to help. Coliseum Central staff would like to meet one-on-one with retailers to discuss your concerns and ideas. The feedback you provide can help us focus our resources in areas that better serve our businesses.

We’re committed to the success of our businesses and look forward to working with you. If you are a Coliseum Central retailer and would like to schedule a meeting, click here.

Showcase Your Business

Coliseum Central is offering District businesses an opportunity to be part of our seasonal billboard campaigns. Campaigns will have a theme and highlight a specific segment of businesses. For example, our summer campaign, “Play around in Hampton this Summer,” highlighted sports and entertainment businesses using fun taglines.

There is no cost to participate. Adams Outdoor Advertising will create the ad and businesses will have final approval before it runs. Billboard campaigns will run for up to two weeks at three locations- two on I-64 at Rip Rap Road in Hampton (east- and westbound) and one on High Street in Portsmouth, reaching motorists heading to I-664.

Our winter campaign, which runs November 1-December 24, will highlight holiday shopping and dining. If you are a Coliseum Central Business and would like to participate, please click here and:

  • Upload logo in png format
  • Upload a business photo, preferably showcasing the product or services you provide. If you do not have a business photo, we can assist with finding stock photography that represents your business.

Deadline to submit materials is October 20. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.

Whimsical Winter Wonderland

Mark your calendar! Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) on November 18 from 12-5PM. This FREE, family-friendly event will usher in the holiday season with aerialists, roaming characters stilt walkers, inflatables, a variety of photo booths, face painting, balloon and glitter tattoo artists, and carnival-style games. This year’s event will expand to include the outdoor portion of the Hampton Coliseum and will include 14 new activities. Stay tuned for more details!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Celebrate the season and promote your organization by serving as a Whimsical Winterland sponsor. If your organization is interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Eboni Council at ecouncil@coliseumcentral.com.

Website Update

Coliseum Central is revamping coliseumcentral.com. In addition to a fresh, new look, the updated website will also have new features and functions including a trip planner, enhanced home page and business pages, and a virtual tour. Website design is expected to be completed this Fall.

Make sure that your District business is properly represented on our new website. Click here to view your current business page. To submit or update your businesses information, click here. To submit photos (up to 5) and logo, email Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.


Events & Entertainment

Crawlin’ Crab Weekend

The BayPort Foundation Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K takes place October 7-8. Saturday events include the 5K and the Kids 1K, while Half Marathon runners take to the streets of Hampton on Sunday. All races will end in front of the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive), where participants and their guests can enjoy live music, food, and refreshments at the Post-Race Party. For more information or to register, click here.

Brick Convention

The Hampton Brick Convention is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on October 14-15. This ultimate Lego event gives fans the opportunity to view incredible displays, play with thousands of bricks in multiple building zones, and purchase new and retired Lego sets. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Promote Your Event

Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.


Announcements

Virginia Retail Matters

Virginia Retail Matters presented by Retail Alliance takes place on September 22 from 11:15AM-2:00PM at the Renaissance Hotel (425 Water St., Portsmouth). This luncheon will include the presentation of an in-depth retail study conducted by Main Street America and the 2024 Outlook on Virginia legislation that impacts the retail sector.

Guest speakers include Matt Wagner, Chief Program Officer at Main Street America, expert lobbyists from Virginia Retail Federation, and leadership from Retail Alliance. For more information or to register, click here.

Marketing Initiatives

Coliseum Central is compiling a list of low-cost marketing opportunities and networking opportunities for small business owners. We will continue to update this list as new information is obtained. To view the current list of opportunities, click here. If you have events or opportunities you would like to share, contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com.

Onelife Fitness

Onelife Fitness (2190 Coliseum Drive) will be opening this winter in the former Farm Fresh location in Coliseum Marketplace Shopping Center. Stop by the Preview Center on location to learn more about the programs and amenities and join now to get Founding Member rates. Amenities available in this 60,000 sq. ft. facility will include:

  • Indoor saltwater pool & whirlpool
  • Stadium-style cycle studio
  • Strike boxing studio
  • HydroMassage & Red Light Therapy
  • luxurious spa-inspired lockers
  • Group fitness classes
  • Kid’s club with theater and basketball
  • Multi-club access to nine locations

Click here for more information, to take a virtual tour of the facility or to join online.

Upcoming Blood Drives

September 18
11AM-3PM
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 N. Armistead Ave.

October 1
9:30AM-2:30PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr.


Development Updates

Coming Soon

Hot Pot 757
Coliseum Crossing
32 Coliseum Crossing

Cava
Peninsula Town Center
2033 Coliseum Drive

Lake Hampton Resilience Park

Hampton broke ground Friday, August 18 on the Lake Hampton Resilience Park. This is the first of three innovative resiliency projects designed primarily to reduce the impact of flooding on the area around Newmarket Creek. Lake Hampton Resilience Park will reduce flooding and pollution by retaining more water and filtering runoff. It will also become a thriving habitat for birds and other wildlife and create a shared use path that will connect to the existing Waterwalk Trail park. Click here for more information.

Embassy Suites Renovation

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton (1700 Coliseum Drive) recently completed a multimillion-dollar makeover, which included the renovation of all 295 suites and painting the open-air atrium lobby and corridors. The suites, including two presidential suites, are decorated in neutral colors of gray and white and include new, modern furniture and fixtures. For more information, click here.

Who is Boo? Documentary

The “Who Is Boo?”: The Legend Behind the Name Documentary will premiere at the American Theater (125 East Mellen St.) on September 9 at 7:30PM. Attendees will be treated to a first look at this film that explores the life of Hampton Roads basketball legend, Marcellus “Boo” Williams. The documentary includes interviews with Boo Williams Summer League alumni and college and professional coaches, including Dawn Staley, Sonny Vaccaro, and Howard White.

In addition to the unique viewing opportunity, the event includes a cocktail hour mixer, silent auction, networking, Q&A with Boo Williams, and an after party at Noir Simply A Panache Lounge.

Tickets are on sale now and prices start at $45. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information about the documentary click here.

All-America City Celebrations

The City of Hampton has events planned throughout the year to celebrate its All-America City award. The community is invited to join in the celebration events for this community award.

The next event takes place Sunday August 27 at Mill Point Park (100 Eaton St.) The final concert of the Groovin’ by the Bay series will have an All-America theme featuring carnival games, prizes and treats. Following the concert performance by Soul Intent, attendees will be treated to an All-America fireworks show over the Hampton River. Visit https://news.coliseumcentral.com/all-america for more information about this and other planned events.


Events & Entertainment

Monster Jam

Monster Jam returns to the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) September 22-24. Fan favorites Grave Digger, Max-D and Megalodon will provide excitement with massive stunts and head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Upgrade your experience with passes to the Pit Party where you can see the trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers, and take pictures.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Hampton Wine & Spirit Expo

Sample some of the best wines produced in Virginia at the Hampton Wine & Spirit Expo September 16-17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive.) Wineries from all over the state will bring their unique wines for tasting and for purchase. From beginner to expert, there is something for everyone! For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Promote Your Event

Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.


Announcements

Bryant & Stratton College Rapid Registration

Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus will host a Rapid Registration Open House event on August 19th from 10AM-1PM. This event kicks off enrollment for the Fall Semester, which starts September 6. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with instructors, admissions, and financial aid staff, tour the campus and learn about the degree programs that are available.

For more information about this event, visit https://news.coliseumcentral.com/fall23. For more information about Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus, click here.

Back to School Guide

It’s that time of year! Whether they’re going Back-to-School or Back-to-College, Coliseum Central is your one-stop for all your shopping needs! Find everything you need to make this school year a success in our Back to School Guide. Click here.

Small Business Summer Cafe Series

Hampton Economic Development Department is hosting a series of events this summer to support small business owners. The series will cover a range of topics and will provide valuable insights, practical tips and networking opportunities. August events include:

  • August 15 Marketing 11:00AM-1:00PM at Canvas Social Cuisine (3110 Allainby Way) Special guest from Divinity Marketing Solutions.
  • August 29 Reverse Vendor Fair 9:00AM-12:00PM at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Nature Center Conference Room (1255 Big Bethel Rd.) Hampton Economic Development and Procurement Departments will provide information about vendor registration and procurement opportunities.

Click here for information on upcoming events and to register.

Upcoming Blood Drives

August 18
12:45-4:30PM
YMCA Health & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive


Development Updates

Now Open

Panera
Coliseum Crossing
2155 Coliseum Drive
757-825-2670

McAlister’s Deli
Peninsula Town Center
2862 Kilgore Ave.
757-347-3013

Coming Soon

Foot Locker
Coliseum Crossing
17 Coliseum Crossing

Spirit Halloween
Peninsula Town Center
3440 Von Schilling Drive

Neighborhood Night Out Recap

Coliseum Central would like to thank everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair August 1 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Over 40 first responders, community partners, and District businesses were in attendance, providing information, entertainment and community engagement. Dignitaries including Governor Glenn Youngkin, Mayor Donnie Tuck, Police Chief Jimmie Wideman and City Council Members Steven Brown and Chris Bowman were in attendance.

Save the Date

If you are a District business or community partner interested in participating in next year’s event on August 6, 2024, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com to be added to the mailing list.

Coliseum Central’s Annual Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair takes place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on Tuesday, August 1st, from 4-7PM. This free, family event takes place in conjunction with National Night Out to promote safety, wellness, crime prevention neighborhood unity, and, of course, fun.

Registration Ends July 12!

This is an excellent opportunity to show community support and promote your business. If your organization is located in Coliseum Central, you are encouraged to participate. Registration is free and all participation forms must be received by July 12. To register, scan the QR code or click here.

Family Fun

Local Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments will be on-hand to demonstrate safety vehicles and equipment. Kid-friendly activities include inflatables, face-painting, balloon animals, games, music, and more!

Neighborhood Night Out is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 3-7PM. Help us reach our goal of 20 donors by registering today. Schedule your donation appointment here.


Events & Entertainment

Summer Fun

Summer’s here and that means finding ways to keep the kids busy while school’s out. Here are few things happening in Coliseum Central this summer:

  • Hampton Virginia Aquaplex (1908 Coliseum Dr.) Summer Splash Camp runs through August 18. The week-long camps run 8AM-5PM daily and include themes such as Stars & Stripes, Sharks, Superheroes, Under the Sea, and more! For more information, click here.
  • Sky Zone (2055 Executive Dr.) Summer Sky Camp has begun. SkyCamp Day Pass includes jump time, games, pizza, fountain drink, and tons of fun. For more information, click here.
  • EVO Entertainment (4401 W. Claiborne Sq.) Kidflix Summer Movie Series features a different family movie each week throughout the summer, with showtimes at 10AM every day. All movies are only $1. Click here for a list of movies or to buy tickets.
  • Cinema Cafe (1044 Von Schilling Dr.) Summer Kids Series runs through August 24 with a different movie each week. Showtimes are 10:30AM and admission is $1. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Promote Your Event

Add your events to the Coliseum Central website calendar! Click here and complete the form with the details of your event. Once submitted, events will be published on the site calendar within one business day.


Announcements

Hampton Named All-America City

The National Civic League named Hampton an All-America City during an awards ceremony in Denver last month. The award is presented to communities that involve and engage their residents.

This year’s theme was “Creating Thriving Communities Through Youth Engagement.” Hampton submitted three programs for consideration:

  • The Academies of Hampton
  • Youth and Young Adult programs
  • Community policing and programs, including summer camps and community events.

This is the fourth time Hampton has been named All-America City.

Play Around This Summer

Whether you’re planning a staycation or just looking for a way to beat the heat, there’s lots of summer fun in Coliseum Central! We’ve got movies, trampolines, a climbing gym, escape rooms, waterpark, farm animals, and more! Click here to find out all there is to see and do.

Small Business Summer Cafe Series

Hampton Economic Development Department is hosting a series of events this summer to support small business owners. The series will cover a range of topics and will provide valuable insights, practical tips and networking opportunities. July events include:

  • July 18 Finance & Accounting 11:00AM-1PM at Scratch Bakery Cafe (19 E. Mellen St.) Special guests from Small Business Administration, Commonwealth Payroll, and Business Banking Lender.
  • July 25 City of Hampton Procurement and Department of Small Business Diversity 10:00AM-11:30AM at Ruppert Sargent Building (1 Franklin St.) DBE Certification Information, Transportation & Construction

Click here for information on upcoming events and to register.

Upcoming Blood Drives

July 16
9:30AM-2:30PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Drive

July 25
11AM-3PM
Bryant & Stratton College
5030 Kilgore Avenue

August 1
3-7PM
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive


Development Updates

Now Open

Beauty Outlet
Peninsula Town Center
3460 Von Schilling Drive
757-825-2650

Latitude Climbing + Fitness
Peninsula Town Center
2021 Executive Drive
757-347-1441

Wisephone ER
Coliseum Square
2040 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 18
757-726-7652

McAlister’s Deli
Peninsula Town Center
2862 Kilgore Avenue

Christmas in July Party

Join Power Plant Hampton Roads for an exclusive Christmas in July party on July 20 at 4PM! Enjoy complimentary heavy hor d’eourves and a drink ticket when you RSVP by 12pm July 18. Experience PBR Hampton like never before!

Now Booking Holiday Parties: Save up to $2,500 on Venue Rental Fees when you book your next event before August 31, 2023. Email JWestnedge@watersidedistrict.com to RSVP or book your tour today!

Neighborhood Night Out

Coliseum Central’s annual Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) on August 1st from 4-7PM. This free, family event takes place in conjunction with National Night Out to promote safety, wellness, crime prevention neighborhood unity, and, of course fun!

Local Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments will be on-hand to demonstrate safety vehicles and equipment. Kid-friendly activities include face-painting, balloon animals, games, music, and more!

In addition, Neighborhood Night Out is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 3-7PM. Help us reach our goal of 20 donors by registering today. Schedule your donation appointment here.

Register Today

If your organization is located in Coliseum Central, you are encouraged to participate. Registration is free and all participation forms must be received by July 12. To register click here.


FREE Customer Service Training

Two FREE Customer Service Training Sessions will be held on June 21st at the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex (1908 Coliseum Drive). Join Allison Moore, corporate comedian, human resources expert, and communications executive as she discusses:

  • Highlighting strengths, talents, and authenticity
  • Finding commonality and belonging in comedy/humor
  • Diversity appreciation
  • Customer service reset

Register here for Session 1 – 9:30-11:30AM

Register here for Session 2 – 1:30-3:30PM

For questions or registration issues contact Rita Bond at 757-826-3327. This event is sponsored by Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau, Newport News Hospitality Association, Newport News Tourism and Hampton Roads Workforce Council.


Events & Entertainment

Graduation Ceremonies

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! It’s going to be a busy graduation season for the Hampton Coliseum. High school students from Hampton to Williamsburg will walk across the Coliseum stage to receive their diplomas this month.

  • June 3-4 Newport News Public Schools
  • June 9 Williamsburg-James City County Schools
  • June 10 York County Schools
  • June 15-17 Hampton City Schools

Hampton Jazz Festival

Tickets are still available for the 53rd Annual Hampton Jazz Festival presented by Coliseum Central at the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) from June 23-25.

Artists scheduled to appear include Stephanie Mills, Charlie Wilson, The Chuck Brown Band, Babyface, Kenny G and Fantasia.

Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Hampton Coliseum Box Office. For more information, click here.

757 Experience & Marketplace

Keep the festival atmosphere going at The 757 Experience & Marketplace at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive). The retail and after party experience includes local artisans and musicians as well as a Gospel Brunch and Wine Down Jam Session on Sunday.

Click here for more information, or to purchase tickets.


Announcements

Splashdown Park Now Open

The Splashdown Park at the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex officially opened for the season on May 27. The 26,000 sq. ft. water park features two waterslides, a lazy river, a play pool with a zero-depth entry, a play structure, and in-water basketball hoops, as well as tables, chairs, and poolside food and beverage service.

The park is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Monday-Saturday 11AM-7PM and Sunday 12PM-6PM. Season memberships are available for youth, adults, and families, with resident and non-resident rates. Individual day passes are also available. For more information or to purchase passes, click here.

Bluebird Gap Farm

Renovations are currently underway at Bluebird Gap Farm which will enhance the visitor experience. Contractors will be renovating the silo near the goat and donkey habitats, creating a photo op spot for visitors. In addition, a new pathway between the goat and donkey habitats is under construction. Once open, the pathway will provide guests more access to the animals.

Dads & Grads Gift Guide

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day or graduation can be hard. Coliseum Central’s got you covered! With 14 shopping centers and hundreds of retailers, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. Check out our gift guide here.

Upcoming Blood Drives

June 16
12:45-4:30PM
YMCA Health & Wellness Center
4001 Coliseum Drive

June 30
10AM-3PM
Bass Pro Shop
1972 Power Plant Pkwy

July 5
1-5PM
Embassy Suites
1700 Coliseum Drive


Business Information

One-on-One Merchant Visits

Coliseum Central staff will be out in the District once a week, meeting one-on-one with our business owners and managers. We want to understand the issues and concerns of our businesses and provide resources to assist them. If you would like to schedule a visit, please email Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com or call 757-826-6351.

Retail & Hospitality Security Meetings

Coliseum Central and the Hampton Police Division’s Business Improvement District (BID) Unit will be hosting security meetings for District businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors. At these meetings BID officers will discuss their current initiatives and provide an opportunity for businesses to address issues and concerns.

The meeting for businesses in the Hospitality and Tourism industry will take place on June 8th at 2PM. The Retail security meeting is scheduled for July 15 at 2PM. Both meetings will be in the Coliseum Central office.

Please note, these meetings are in addition to our monthly Security Committee Meetings. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings or joining our Security Committee, please contact Angie Ewton at aewton@coliseumcentral.com or call 757-826-6351.

Member Benefits

Businesses located in the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District (BID) have access to programs (many of them free!) that can assist with marketing, security, and physical improvements. As a BID member you can claim your business page on our website, promote your events in our newsletter, and participate in BID events. To learn about all the programs available to BID members, scan the QR code or click here.

Networking Opportunities

Mark your calendar for these networking opportunities taking place this month:

  • June 2 9AM-2PM – Virginia Peninsula Chamber’s Open House, 11850 Merchants Walk, Suite 110- Stop by and see the Chamber’s new office and conference center in City Center at Oyster Point. RSVP here
  • June 13 8-9AM – Coffee Connection hosted by The Chamberlin, 2 Fenwick Road – Connect with other business professionals and learn about Peninsula businesses. Free for Chamber members/ $5 for non-members. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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