Changes could be coming to Joe Albi Stadium



Posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 5:54 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Public Schools are looking at several stadium options for high school sports.

The school district is looking to buy Joe Albi Stadium from the City of Spokane but are also looking at a couple other options.

The district now leases the stadium from the city and it will expire in 2016. Soon the turf in the stadium will need to be replaced and the Spokane Public Schools Facilities Planners are looking at a more permanent solution. 

The Director of Capitol Project and Planning for the school district, Greg Brown said the stadiums has 26,000 seats and there's no good reason to keep that many seats in the stadium.

The stadium also has some issues like cracked concrete and sink roofs.

The district is looking a few different options. One of the options is to buy the stadium and decrease the seating to 6,000. They would also refurbish the stadium which is estimated to cost 18 million dollars not including the cost of buying the stadium.

The second option is to build a new stadium which would cost $23 million.

The last option is to construct facilities at each of the district's schools that would cost between $23 and $30 million.

Taxpayer would be asked to foot the bill as part of a school bond package in 2015.

The next public meeting is at North Central High School on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.