Downtown stadium questions remain unanswered

Downtown stadium proponents released a new, glossy set of renderings for their proposal. The stadium would be built north of The Podium near the Spokane Arena.

A version of this piece originally appeared in the April 2021 edition of Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. Subscribe at spokanecda.com.


The proposal for a downtown stadium has returned, and by all accounts the School Board is in a sprint as it makes a choice between the downtown option and continuing down its path of replacing Joe Albi Stadium at the Albi site.

It’s hard to believe that the downtown stadium proposal was first mooted almost three years ago. Back then, advocates proposed a five-thousand-seat stadium north of the under-construction sportsplex to house high school athletics, a minor-league soccer team, and other events. The proposal deserves more scrutiny now, in light of the coronavirus-induced downturn and a worsening local housing affordability crisis. It also deserves more scrutiny for the simple fact that it would be located downtown, on some of the most prime real estate in eastern Washington.

Unfortunately, most of the questions raised years ago remain unanswered today.

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