VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach metropolitan area is one of the largest in the country without a major professional sports team, and numerous attempts to lure one here have repeatedly left sports fans in the area disappointed.

The area's most recent flirtation with the NBA was rebuffed just last year after a deal to get the Sacramento Kings to relocate fell apart after plans to build them an arena and pay for their moving expenses didn't come to fruition.

But hope springs eternal in Virginia's largest city that one day an NBA or NHL team will call the region home.

With no promise a pro sports franchise will ever move to the beach, city leaders are still considering building an 18,000 seat arena that they say could help land a pro team.