There are a ton of people in that area. Really one huge metro up and down the coast.
It would be clasified as a Hampton Roads team I would guess which means they'd have about 1.5 million to draw from
plus all of the in and out naval activities, guaranteed IMO that they would be very successful there. As Patrick said, they support the minor league teams they have very well, the area is not poor at all and it's sports-minded
hell look at all the pro athletes that have come out of the Hampton Roads area, it's unreal the numbers and "superstar" types