SPOKANE, Wash. – When fans show up for the Spokane Indians home opener on Friday night, they might not recognize the stadium. Since 1958 the buildings have looked essentially the same, but now, nearly $3 million later, fans will walk up to expanded ticket offices, concessions and an all-new team store.
Spokane Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein said the improvements are less about the baseball team and more about the fans’ experience.
“The best thing about this renovation is, yes it helps the Indians, but it helps the fans and the fans efficiency when they come to the stadium is going to be like nothing they have seen before,” Klein said.
The expanded amenities made room for about 75 additional part-time jobs. Jared Munson is one of the new hires. As a program hawker, he will be one of the first people fans see – and hear -- inside the new Avista Stadium.
He was one of about 800 people who showed up at the Spokane Indians job fair earlier this year. More than 200 of them were hired.
Munson currently has two other jobs, but this is his first time working for the Spokane Indians and Friday night’s home opener will be his first game.
“Every time I tried to come to a game the last couple years, they’ve always been sold out,” Munson said. “So this is my first-time experience with the fans, so I hope everyone gets to experience it with me because, they spent a lot of time and dedication making this place look amazing.”