EWU athletic director writes letter in support of downtown stadium

Downtown Spokane Stadium
Downtown Spokane Partnership

SPOKANE, Wash. — Eastern Washington University’s athletic director wrote a letter to the Spokane Public School board in support of the proposed downtown stadium, saying she would like to discuss having two university athletic programs play there. 

4 News Now obtained a copy of the letter from Lynn Hickey through a public records request.

In it, Hickey referenced her time in San Antonio, Texas, saying she saw the utilization of a public sports venue as a “tremendous asset not only to the city and professional sports, but also for both secondary and collegiate sports programs.” 

If built, the stadium would be not only be available to SPS athletic programs, but it could also be the site for professional sports. The Downtown Spokane Partnership, which brought forward the latest proposal, has made promises of bringing a professional soccer team to the city.

Hickey said the university has always had a presence in downtown Spokane, but with recent expansion, the university has further strengthened the connectivity between the city and EWU. 

“Having a downtown sports venue will allow for a unique experience for students and opens up collaboration with the sponsorship of special events for athletics and general entertainment,” she wrote. 

Hickey said she would like to meet with the school board to discuss events that could showcase both of their programs, adding that the university’s football and women’s soccer teams would be the two programs that have the most partnership potential. 

“We would also like to offer the opportunity to visit with the Big Sky Conference about bringing significant conference championship events to utilize the stadium,” Hickey wrote. 

The SPS board is expected to decide Wednesday night if it will move forward with a plan to build the new downtown stadium. 

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