Meet the man who hand-paints every sign at Avista Stadium

SPOKANE, Wash. – Stadiums and arenas are filled with graphics created with high-tech laser printers. 

But, they still do things the old-fashioned way at Avista Stadium. 

All of the sponsored signs you see at Spokane Indians games are hand-painted by one man. 

Ruben Marcilla has been painting since he graduated from the High School of Art and Design in New York in 1975. He’s been hand-painting signs at Avista Stadium for 33 years.

“There’s nothing like being out here on a quiet weekend and it will just be me, the grass, and the field and it truly is a spiritual thing to be out here alone,” he said.  

He says it’s a humble profession, but it’s one he takes comfort and pride in. He also says he is grateful to be blessed with a gift he enjoys. 

“When you’re a kid, you get spanked for painting on the wall. I get paid for it!” Marcilla said. 

Marcilla says he is just a small part of “making this thing happen,” but he is proud to be part of the team. 

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