Location has everything to do with event success. It’s why something special happens to sports events hosted in the Spokane region. They thrill fans. They make the news. They break records. They win awards. They go down in history. Hosting events is part of Spokane's foundation—and now we are pouring a new one.

NOW BOOKING EVENTS FOR 2022 & BEYOND

Spokane Sportsplex: A world-class championship venue
in the heart of a proven sports community.

Now booking events
2022
& beyond

ECONOMIC
BENEFIT

18–23K
ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-TOWN
VISITORS PER YEAR

26–46K
ADDITIONAL HOTEL STAYS PER YEAR

$19–33M
IN ADDITIONAL TOURISM
SPENDING PER YEAR

$1–1.7M
INCREASED GENERAL TAX REVENUES PER YEAR

Numbers based on an independent study performed by Gonzaga University and Sports Facility Advisory.

GROW THE ECONOMY

A new regional sports facility will boost the local and state economies through the attraction of visitors to our community. A recent Gonzaga University Study and Sports Facilities Advisory report estimated the new facility would generate an additional $33 million annually in direct tourism spending in our community. In addition, it would create new jobs through the construction phase and full-time employment once operational. Ultimately, the State and City will benefit from substantial new revenue streams that could not be realized without the existence of the facility.

As our community continues to grow as a sports destination, a new sports facility would allow the region to attract events that we have not been able to host due to facility restrictions. It will provide an exceptional experience for local athletes as well as for athletes and their fans coming from across the country and overseas.

GROW THE LOCAL SPORTS COMMUNITY

In order to compete on a world stage, our athletes need exceptional facilities. Currently, the region’s existing indoor facilities exceed scheduling parameters leaving little room for growth of local sports groups. Sports improve learning and teach accountability, dedication, and leadership, among many other traits. Sports contribute to growing a healthy, vibrant community.

BENEFITS

DETAILS

FACILITY MANAGEMENT

The Spokane Sportsplex is owned and operated by the Spokane Public Facilities District. Spokane Sports Commission is charged with marketing, promoting, and programming the facility. In close partnership, Spokane PFD and Spokane Sports are dedicated to providing an exceptional athlete experience.

FACILITY SIZE

The facility is 135,000 square feet—with 72,000 square feet of competition space. It will be designed with maximum flexibility in mind to accommodate a large variety of sports and events.

FEATURES

Marquee feature is a 200-meter, 6-lane indoor hydraulic banked track

Also allows for:

  • 16 volleyball courts
  • 9 basketball courts
  • 21 wrestling mats
  • Flexible multi-sport space

PROJECT COST

PRIMARY USAGE

TRACK SPECS

Construction costs estimated at $53 million. A unique financing plan has been developed that brings together in partnership the Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD), State of Washington, City of Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane Parks and Hotel/Motel Association to fully fund the project. By utilizing an existing State sales tax rebate, lodging taxes, SPFD reserves, and a one-time contribution from the City of Spokane, the project will have the funds to construct and operate the facility without an increase in local taxes.

 

The Spokane Sportsplex allows Spokane to attract major events to the region that previously were out of reach due to regional venue limitations. These events come from a variety of relationships including USA Olympic governing bodies, college conferences, and national sports organizations. Winning events is a competitive bid process requiring top-notch facilities.

200m Track Oval

Radius: 19.30m (63.320’)

Lanes: 6 x 1.07m (3.50’)

Bank Angle: 12 Degrees

60m Sprint Straight

Lanes: 8 x 1.22m (4.00’)

60m Warm-up Straight

Lanes: 4 x 1.22m (4.00’)

Long/Triple Jump

40m (131.25’) Runway

Pole Vault

40m (131.25’) Runway

High Jump (Freestanding)

21m (68.9’) Approach

Weight Throw

100’ Landing Sector

Shot Put

80’ Landing Sector

The Sportsplex is strategically positioned on the north bank of the Spokane River, located in the heart of downtown Spokane. This spectacular setting creates a natural continuation of Riverfront Park, making the park accessible from both sides of the river.

 

  • Located in the heart of a vibrant, walkable city
  • Positioned with a spectacular view of Riverfront Park and the Spokane Falls
  • Walking distance to hotels, restaurants, and entertainment
  • Conveniently located just 8 miles to the Spokane International Airport
  • Positioned strategically near Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and Spokane Convention Center, allowing for combined events.

Location

Spokane Public Facilities District contracted the consulting services of Sports Facilities Advisory to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study of how the proposed new sports facility would impact the Spokane Region. The feasibility study includes an institutional-grade financial forecast, utilization projections, and economic impact analysis. This study also provides clear insight into construction and start-up costs, operational revenue and expense forecasts. Preliminary results have been released.

FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

View Spokane
Pro Forma Report

View Spokane Feasibility Study

  • Why does the Spokane region need this facility?

    A new multi-purpose sports complex allows Spokane to be even more competitive as a host city. This venue allows our region to compete on a national  and even global stage, allowing our community to host many more major events annually. When not used for championship events, this facility will provide needed space for our local sports programming—especially youth sports—as well as a wide range of non-sports community events and gatherings.

  • How much does the venue cost and how will it be paid for?

    Construction costs estimated at $53 million. A unique financing plan has been developed that brings together in partnership the Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD), State of Washington, City of Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane Parks and Hotel/Motel Association to fully fund the project. By utilizing an existing State sales tax rebate, lodging taxes, SPFD reserves, and a one-time contribution from the City of Spokane, the project will have the funds to construct and operate the facility without an increase in local taxes.

  • How will the venue fund its operation and maintenance?

    Spokane Public Facilities District has a long history of operating and maintaining facilities including Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, First Intersate Performing Arts Center, and Spokane Convention Center. Once constructed, operations and maintenance will be funded through revenue generated by events, rental fees, concessions, ticket sales, private sponsorships, and through a hotel/motel tax already paid by visitors to our community. Spokane Sports Commission is charged with recruiting sports events and scheduling local programs for the facility.

  • How does our community win future events to full the new sports complex?

    Winning events is a competitive business and Spokane Sports has been bidding and winning events for the region for 30 years. Quality facilities are key to winning major events. Comparable facilities in similar sized communities around the country have been consistently awarded new sports events since investing in new facilities. Even our smaller neighbors such as Tri-Cities and Yakima are excelling after investing in the development of new facilities.

  • How will a regional sports complex boost our economy?

    Sports tourism has served as a pillar of our region’s growth for many decades. Visiting athletes stay in hotels, dine at restaurants, shop, rent cars, and travel through our airport. Tourism dollars contribute to state tax revenue, helping to grow our funds for schools, roads, and public safety. The Sportsplex will attract over 25,000 visitors annually, generating an additional $33 million in direct tourism spending, which translates to $1.7 million in additional tax revenues for our community each year. In addition, the facility will create hundreds of jobs through the construction phase and full-time employment once operational.

    With our reputation as a sports community and our growing resume of national events, this new, world-class facility will showcase the region to even wider regional, national and international audiences. Sports help define Spokane as healthy, vibrant and family-orientated community—with a high quality of life, worthy of relocation and investment.

  • How is this venue different from Spokane Arena or Spokane Convention Center?

    We have great facilities in Spokane but they do not fully meet the needs for a large, multi-use “participation based’ sports tournament venue. The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is designed for larger spectator events, and Spokane Convention Center is designed for many other uses beyond sports. While they each can serve a role in supporting sporting events, they are not large enough to serve the much greater number of events that are anticipated to come to our area in the future.

  • When does the Spokane Sportsplex open?

    Construction is underway! Estimated completion date is fall 2021. Spokane Sports is currently prospecting and bidding on national and international events for 2022 and beyond.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SPOKANE PUBLIC FACILITIES DISTRICT

SPOKANE SPORTS COMMISSION

The Spokane Sports Commission continues to recruit, retain and facilitate sports events for the Inland Northwest. These efforts help our region realize the economic, social and community-development benefits of sports. We are a nonprofit coalition of regional government; business and volunteers committed to recruiting and developing sports events. With these events come tourism dollars, entertainment and media attention attracting sports fans from around the world. Business wins. Kids win. Fans win, our region wins.

The Spokane Public Facilities District owns and operates the 12,500-seat Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the 2,700-seat INB Performing Arts Center and the Spokane Convention Center.

Having hosted a number of sporting events throughout the facilities, including multiple NCAA Men's & Women's basketball and volleyball championships, the 2007 & 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and variety of other wrestling and volleyball tournaments, the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is also home to the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club and the Indoor Football League’s Spokane Shock. The Spokane Public Facilities District has a long history of creating event experiences that make their guests say “WOW”!

CONTACT US

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

This is an informational website created in tandem by Spokane Sports Commission and Spokane Public Facilities District. We welcome your feedback and questions.

 

SPOKANE PUBLIC FACILITIES DISTRICT: 509.279.7000

SPOKANE SPORTS COMMISSION: 509.456.5812

 

 

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