Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane Arena
Location 720 W. Mallon Avenue
Spokane, Washington
Broke ground March 5, 1993
Opened September, 1995
Owner Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD)
Operator Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $44.8 million
Architect ALSC Architects Architects
Main Contractors Garco Construction
Tenants Spokane Chiefs (WHL) (1995–present)

Spokane Shock (Arena Football 1) (2006–present)

Capacity End Stage Concert: 12,638

Basketball: 12,210
Hockey: 10,759
Arena Football: 10,471 Expansion Possibilites: 14,000+

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (popularly known as Spokane Arena) a multi-purpose arena located in Spokane, Washington, USA. The building is home to the Spokane Chiefs hockey team of the WHL, and the Spokane Shock arena football team of Arena Football 1.

Facility[edit | edit source]

Construction[edit | edit source]

With an aging Spokane Coliseum, along with a need for a larger facility more than twice the coliseum's capacity, the Spokane City Council and Board of Spokane County Commissioners formed the Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD) to acquire, construct, own and operate sports and entertainment facilities with contiguous parking facilities. In 1990, the SPFD board members unanimously agreed on the following recommendations made by an economic feasibility/market study. The recommendations were:

  • To build an arena opposed to a domed stadium
  • An arena that could seat 12,000 to 14,000 with expansion capabilities
  • To build the new arena on city-owned land located adjacent to the old coliseum with on-site parking for 2,000 automobiles

Voters rejected the Spokane Arena four times in six years before agreeing to build it in 1991.

In the fall of that year, two ballot measures were put out to voters, and passed:

  • One, to publicly finance the construction of the arena through a property tax bond issue worth US$38 million
  • Two, a measure to validate the SPFD. Validation was important, because it would allow the district to implement a 2% hotel tax to further fund construction

In the fall of 1991, another funding measure was put out to voters and was passed. It involved a 0.1% raise in the sales tax. The passage of all three measures completed the US$44.8 million financining needed to build the arena.

The Spokane Arena broke ground on March 5, 1993, and opened in September 1995.

Building facts[edit | edit source]

The Spokane Arena has a capacity for:

  • 12,638 for end-stage concerts
  • 12,494 for center-stage shows
  • 12,210 for basketball
  • 10,759 for ice hockey
  • 10,471 for arena football
  • 6,951 for half-house shows

Incorporated into its original design was an area designated for future expansion of the arena. Expansion of the upper bowl would raise the seating capacity of the arena to over 14,000. There are currently no plans to expand the Spokane Arena because there is no current need to do so. Expansion would likely occur only if the city of Spokane was to land a major event, or team that competes in a league that would demand the need to do so.

The Spokane Chiefs, of the WHL, also play their home games at the arena.

The arena hosted the 1998 Memorial Cup, setting an attendance record that was broken the next season.

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Preceded by
Spokane Coliseum
Home of the
Spokane Chiefs

1995 – present
Succeeded by
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