- Associated Press - Thursday, May 6, 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The board of Spokane Public Schools has approved construction of a new $31 million sports stadium in the downtown area near the Spokane Arena.

The 4-1 vote by the board on Wednesday capped almost three years of controversy over where to build the district’s new 5,000-seat stadium, which will be used for football, soccer and other events.

The Spokesman-Review reported that in an advisory vote in 2018, almost two-thirds of Spokane voters preferred building the new stadium on the north side of Spokane.

Then came a proposal from the Downtown Spokane Partnership, which commissioned a study projecting a downtown stadium had numerous benefits, including a chance to attract a minor league soccer team.

Seemingly a long shot when it was proposed in early March, the new proposal gained momentum through public forums and an extensive online survey.

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