Our Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena has been home to a Memorial Cup, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships (twice), the NCAA Basketball tournament (men’s and women’s, multiple times), monster truck shows, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Buble, Elton John, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and many more people and productions in addition to its main tenants, hockey’s Spokane Chiefs and arena football’s Spokane Shock.
The Spokane Convention Center has also been an attractive setting for conventions and events since its expansion in 2006. It constructed a temporary rink for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships the first time we set an attendance record in 2007.
Both are staples in our community and have attracted large events and conventions and big-name stars. The buildings need to be expanded (the Arena) and completed (the Convention Center). Measure 1 on the April 17 ballot would allow that to happen. Here’s why we support Measure 1: