Sports Commission Could Bring Field House to Downtown Spokane

By Paige Browning

There’s talk inside Spokane City Hall this week about constructing a multi-million-dollar indoor-sports facility near downtown. The Spokane Sports Commission, and namely its CEO Eric Sawyer, is working on a proposal for a 100,000 square foot field house and ice arena.

This week the city’s recreation commission discussed how to move the project forward, and the parks committee is expected to express support for it on Thursday. Sawyer says there’s already a grant proposal to the state legislature for preliminary design work.
 
He says the project would cost 25-million-dollars, funded publicly. It would likely be built on the North Bank of Riverfront Park, where the city is doing a master planning process. Sawyer says the Field House could host a lot of activities that aren’t available in Spokane, like indoor track meets.
 
The Spokane Public Facilities District operates the arena, convention center, and INB Performing Arts Center, and has expressed interest in operating this project.
 
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