Owned by Spokane Public Schools, Joe Albi Stadium required renovation to provide a more intimate spectator experience for high school sports. The plan wasto reduce the overall seating count from 25,000+ to 5,000 seats, right-sizing the facility for the School District’s use.
Site influences such as solar and wind were used to determine the optimal orientation of the field, press box and stands. Most of the parking, ticketing, entrance, concessions, and restrooms are located toward the west; allowing for the visitor side to be sectioned off for events with lower attendance.
Maintaining the recessed bowl is a unique characteristic for a high school football stadium. Removing the east and west earthen seating sections above the grade line improved sight lines while creating an environment with a more intimate feel. Removal of the berms also presented t a dynamic view of the entire performance field and stadium as fans enter.
Community amenities including a playground, food truck zone, booster concessions and selfie platform were designed to add to the game day experience.
This project was completed through 100% Construction Documents. At that time, the District elected to change the site for the stadium to a location adjacent to the Spokane Arena.
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