SPOKANE, Wash.-- The Spokane Sports Commission is still trying to figure out how to pay for a new $25 million field house. A new study by the group stated it will bring in more money and new events to our area.
The commission hopes to break ground north of the Spokane River. There are 150 events that no venue can host right now, but would come to the new field house.
Events like the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, a yearly volleyball tournament, could be held in Spokane with a new sports facility.
"It's an opportunity for us to keep our path as a community of supporting youth sports,” President of the Spokane Sports Commission Eric Swayer.
The building would be nearly 130,000 square feet with an indoor track and next door ice rink. A sports commission study on the project shows partnering with the new Spokane Public Facilities District could help make it a reality.
Voters would likely need to approve the project but leaders are not sure what public funds will be needed to pay for the field house.
Leaders said the private sector is interested in helping with some of the cost. Another challenge is making sure the field house fits in with future plans at Riverfront Park.
For now, the commission believes they are on the same track for improving the park and Spokane’s sport scene. The commission said they may try to get this project added to a bond going before voters next year.
They hope to have the building open for events by 2015 or 2016.