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Spokane Public Facilities District

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane Public Facilities District

In June of 1995 the City of Spokane issued $7.7 million in lease revenue bonds to fund the demolition of the Coliseum and to pay off a line of credit between the City and Seafirst Bank which was established to fund the City's acquisition of property for the project construction site and for some technical services such as environmental assessment, title reports and surveying services.

The Arena opened in September of 1995 and has been a remarkable success for the community. Millions of tickets have been sold to events ranging from Chiefs hockey to Elton John and Garth Brooks to NBA and NHL exhibition games. The 5 th Birthday was celebrated in year 2000, with a public Open House, Bill Cosby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah Brightman and Bill Gaither. The facility hosted the NCAA Womens Volleyball Championships in 1997, the NCAA Women's Regional Basketball Tournament in 2001 and the men's first and second rounds of basketball in 2003. The Mens First and Second rounds will have used the Arena again in 2007 and just a few weeks afterwords, the US Figure Skating held it's National Championships in the Arena. In the summer of 1999 the Star Theatre was introduced, a new and exciting smaller-house configuration, to attract new artists.


720 West Mallon Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201


Matt Gibson: 509.279.7101

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