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By Jody Snider, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 17--Five conventions have already been confirmed for Hampton, Va.'s, new convention center, city officials said Friday at a groundbreaking for the $106 million facility and the adjacent Embassy Suites hotel.
"We're just awaiting the final contracts," Hampton Major Mamie Locke told a crowd of 550 people Friday attending the ceremony.
Locke said the five conventions represented 10,750 room nights, 32,600 delegates, providing $4.4 million in economic impact to Hampton.
"Many new convention centers break ground with no conventions lined up at all," she said.
The Crossroads convention center project has been on the drawing board since November 2000. But …