Downtown Spokane stadium groundbreaking set for Tuesday

<p><p> The Spokane Public Facilities District and Spokane Public Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new downtown stadium Tuesday.</p></p><p><p>The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside The Podium, which is adjacent to the stadium site on Dean Avenue, just east of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.</p></p><p><p>Immediately following the ceremony, the first shovels of dirt will be turned at the project site.</p></p><p><p>Two days later, on Thursday, a preview of the stadium design also will be held virtually at 4 p.m. Register at <a href=”https://www.spokaneschools.org/webinar” target=”_blank”>spokaneschools.org/webinar</a>.</p></p><p><p>Designs are scheduled for completion next month. Construction will begin in January. The facility is scheduled to open in 2023.</p></p><p><p>Intended to replace 70-year-old Albi Stadium, the new $31 million facility is part of the $495 million capital bond approved by Spokane voters in November 2018.</p></p><p><p>In an advisory vote held at the same time, 64% of voters said they preferred to build the new stadium at the Albi site.</p></p><p><p>In March, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, the United Soccer League and other groups led a last-minute appeal for reconsideration.</p></p><p><p>After two months of public comment and input from other public and private entities, the school board voted 4-1 to approve the downtown site.</p></p><p><p>“I genuinely believe that, when all is said and done, this decision is a step in the right direction to bring Spokane to a better place, but especially Spokane Public Schools,” board president Jerrall Haynes said.</p></p><p><p>While SPS retains full ownership rights, the PFD is responsible for maintenance and operations of the stadium, including hosting sporting and entertainment events in addition to school district uses.</p></p><p><p>“We are thrilled to partner with the school district on this project, which aligns with our mission to generate economic impact to save taxpayers money and create a venue our entire community can enjoy for generations to come,” Stephanie Curran, chief executive officer for the facilities district in a news release.</p></p><p><p>Find more information and renderings at <a href=”https://www.spokaneschools.org/NewStadium” target=”_blank”>spokaneschools.org/NewStadium</a>.</p></p>