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The Spokane Shock and the Arena put an end to rumors that have been circulating for nine months about the team possibly relocating.
The Shock has a new three-year lease with the Arena. That should help Spokane with everything from season ticket sales to attracting free agents who don't have to worry about the AFL franchise moving to another city. The team is offering a three-year price lock on season tickets purchased for the 2015 season.
Back in January, the team was purchased by an ownership group led by Nader Naini, a businessman in western Washington, fueling speculation the Shock would leave Spokane after the 2014 season. Naini said at the time that he had no intention of moving the team and Wednesday's announcement reinforced that the Shock are staying put.
Developers have big plans for the final phases of Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene, including the high-profile west entrance along Seltice Way. Here are the highlights: An arena for college sports and community events is an idea that has been kicked around for several years. It emerged again in recent months, with North Idaho College looking at possibly owning and operating the venue. The 5,000-seat arena under consideration would cost an estimated $12 million to $15 million. Riverstone developer John Stone is enthusiastic about the project as an anchor on the west end of the development. The arena would provide an economic boost in the winter months when tourism falls off, he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Rita Sims-Snyder of the Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation talks about plans for the vintage carousel)
Question: Other proposals for the Riverstone site include a transit center, discovery center and site for the old Coeur d'Alene carousel. Are these things you could support for Coeur d'Alene?
The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2.
This lineup includes two bands with "Seven" in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust.
The complete lineup: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate on the main stage, while Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective will play the Best Buy Music Gear Stage.
Tickets will be $25, $35, and $45 and $65 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.
The opening acts for KISS at the Spokane Arena on June 24 have now been announced: Bad City and Envy.
Bad City is a Chicago rock band whose 2010 debut was called "Welcome to the Wasteland."
The Envy is a Gene Simmons discovery, signed to his own label. They're from Toronto.
Neither act wears paint or breathes fire, evidently.
KISS has been booked into the Spokane Arena for a June 24 show.
Tickets will be $47.50, $67.50 and $97.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. They played a sold-out show at the Arena in 1996.
The Arena called this "the most BADASS rock show that we've had in over a decade."
I thought I'd point out a few other acts that have played the Arena in the past decade: Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Linkin Park, Nickelback, the Eagles, Mudvayne, Stone Temple Pilots, Godsmack, Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tool.
So ,,, does that claim hold up?
I just finished writing an advance story on Elton John's visit Friday to the Spokane Arena, and I was reminded of how many of his songs have become instantly recognizable standards. It's hard to think of a contemporary performer with more.
So I thought I'd throw out the question: What's the best Elton John song?
I'll kick it off by sayihg it is undeniably, unassailably, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting."
Tickets to the Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena on April 8 are sold out.
It took only three days for all 11,000 tickets to vanish, according to Becca Watters at the Spokane Arena. Tickets went on sale Saturday and only a few single tickets were left by Sunday evening. Those sold out by Monday night. Even the tickets behind the stage sold out.
Will another show be added? That's what happened in 2008 when Elton's Pullman show sold out quickly.
No word on that, yet, but don't get your hopes up. His tour schedule is tight. He's playing a date on April 9 in Boise. But the tour does have an open date on April 7, following an April 6 date in Bismarck. So there's at least a theoretical window of opportunity.
The Spokane Shock opened training camp earlier this week in preparation for their upcoming arenafootball2 league season.
Coach Adam Shackleford has plenty of returning players on hand, mainly because of the Arena Football League’s decision to suspend play for the 2009 season. And he also claims to have the most talented group of rookies he has seen since first becoming involved in the af2.