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Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

Spokane, WA

Home of the Spokane Shock

3.6

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Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (map it)
720 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99201


Spokane Shock website

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena website

Year Opened: 1995

Capacity: 10,771

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Shocking Experience

The Spokane Shock began play in 2006 in the af2, and in their expansion season posted a 14-2 record and won the ArenaCup. After three more years of success and another af2 championship in 2009, the Shock joined the Arena Football League, and once again in their inaugural season won the championship in ArenaBowl XXIII.

The city of Spokane is the second largest city in the state of Washington and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is the city’s premiere venue for indoor sports, seating over 10,000 for arena football and hockey, and 12,000 for basketball. Built in 1995, it is home to the Spokane Indians of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and has hosted the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament numerous times. But the main attraction is the Spokane Shock, and the city has embraced them from the start. The Shock led the af2 in average attendance all four years they were in the league, and have been in the top five in attendance for the AFL all but one year (when they were sixth).

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There are plenty of concession stands around the arena with your basic arena food options. Hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, Coke products, and candy are all available for purchase. The prices are about what you would expect. You can grab a combo for $7 for a Coke and hot dog.

Despite the concession stand limits, there is a full size restaurant/bar in the arena too. It is usually packed with Shock fans and has TVs with the Shock game on all around the restaurant.

It would be nicer if there were more food options available for people who would rather sit in the stands, but the prices are fair and the food quality is pretty good. The lines are only long at halftime. There just aren't many options available in the arena.

Atmosphere    4

While Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is a nice place to watch any sporting event, the arena does not seem to have really embraced the Shock. The concourses do not have any Shock colors or logos, nor does the outside. Yet they do have some things up for the Western Hockey League's Spokane Indians, who average about 3,000 fewer fans per game than the Shock.

The only banners hanging in the arena belong to the Indians, despite the Shock already having an ArenaBowl Championship. There is nothing recognizing the Shock's history or past accomplishments.

Despite all this, the arena is modern and in good condition. It has a comfortable feel and is not confusing to get around it at all. The seats are comfortable, the mascot and cheerleaders interact with fans the entire game, and the PA Announcer is very enthusiastic. There are also many special promotions to win free pizza or prizes during timeouts and halftime.

Neighborhood    2

The area surrounding the stadium has some food options, but not very many. Spokane has a lot to offer, but it may be best to drive somewhere after the game. There just isn't much within walking distance of the arena.

There are no food stands open around the stadium before the game either. But the overall feel of the immediate neighborhood is safe and it isn't in a bad area by any means.

Fans    5

It is surprising to see how seriously the fans here take the Shock. Immediately when you enter the arena, the team's colors of Orange and Blue are everywhere on the backs of the fans in attendance. The Shock have always had one of the best fan bases in the AFL, and it shows on game day. The arena will likely be almost sold out, and the crowd is very loud. Everyone follows the game very closely as well.

Access    4

Getting to the arena isn't too much of a hassle, but you do have to go through a lot of city streets to get there. For games starting earlier, and not on Saturday nights, the traffic might be worse.

There are many reasonably priced lots within a short walk of the arena, so parking should not be an issue.

Return on Investment    4

Some people enjoy arena football, and some do not. Personally I enjoy this different version of football, and for the ticket price of $28 for seats on the lowest level, the view is not bad at all. Experiencing the energetic environment of Shock games, as long as you enjoy arena football, makes it well worth the price.

Extras    3

First-time visitors should be sure to visit the west end of the concourse. This area houses a memorial dedicated to the Spokane area veterans for which the arena is named. There is also an extensive display recognizing members of the local sports hall of fame; there are several household names included in the showcases.

During the game there is always something happening during the breaks in action. There is a prize patrol that throws t-shirts and other souvenirs into the stands. The cheerleaders perform several times each half, and the aforementioned on-field competitions are fun to watch and give fans an opportunity to win prizes.

There is also an autograph session following every home game. Fans can walk onto the field and meet the players, which is a big hit for kids young or otherwise.

Final Thoughts

Arena football isn't for everyone, but every sports fan should see at least one game. The play is fast-paced and exciting, featuring a lot of scoring and a focus on the skill positions. Some purists don't appreciate the sport, but it is a great way for fans of the outdoor game to fill a void during the summer.

Minor errors

Nice review, although there a couple of minor errors. The WHL team, which happens to be the primary tenant at the Arena, are the Spokane Chiefs, and to the left of the video board are all of the Shock's division, conference, and league championship banners. They aren't as big as the Chiefs' WHL and Memorial Cup banners, but there is something that acknowledges the past success of the Shock.

From a Shock STH, an accurate review altogether.

by 194ylk | May 15, 2014 12:36 AM

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Crowd Reviews

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Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Sports fans entering the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for an Arena Football League game will be welcomed to “Deaf Valley,” a tribute to the fervor and decibel levels the home fans create. While not as renowned as their cross-state NFL counterparts (and Guinness world record holder for crowd noise), fans of the Spokane Shock help provide a strong home field advantage.

The Spokane Arena first opened in 1995, but still has a new and modern feel. This is due, in part, to continued improvements and additions to the facility. Dining options have been renovated and expanded, as has the number of luxury suites. The building seats just under 11,000 fans for arena football and hockey, as it also houses the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Spokane has also hosted the opening rounds of several NCAA basketball tournaments (men and women), the Western Regional for the women’s tournament and determined the Olympic competitors at the 2010 US Figure Skating Championships.

There are currently plans to expand the seating capacity and scoreboard/replay screens. The public facilities department is considering expansion options, but at least 750 seats are expected to be added.

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