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Stories tagged: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Review: Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 celebrates women of the past and present

In a 360 of her career as one of the most successful “American Idol” champions, Carrie Underwood brought her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

Review: Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch sizzle in Very Hot Summer Tour kickoff at Spokane Arena

Despite the rain the past few days, summer has arrived early in the form of Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour with opening act Dustin Lynch. The “it boy” of …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Youth wrestling tournament draws thousands to sport that instills lessons beyond the mat

The pressure was on Landon Weitzel, 7, as he kneeled at the edge of a wrestling mat at the Spokane Arena, which was crowded with spectators.


Park board to lay out guidelines for moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Spokane Park Board may approve the process advocates should follow to move the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial from Riverfront Park to the Spokane arena Thursday.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1 p.m.

Last local Pearl Harbor veteran honored at Spokane Memorial Arena

The Greatest Generation never forgets, especially on Dec. 7.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

Battle lines being drawn over idea to move Vietnam memorial from Riverfront Park

A statue of a Vietnam veteran holding a letter from home has sat in Riverfront Park for 33 years. Etched on his face is a longing look as he gazes …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:17 a.m.

There’s only 1 known Pearl Harbor survivor left in Spokane area. This widow is striving not to let community forget attack.

Vina Mikkelsen, 86, is orchestrating this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance in honor of her husband, Denis, a Navy radioman stationed on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked in …


Country icon Garth Brooks adds second show at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will also perform at the arena on Nov. 10.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Concert review: Jason Aldean leaves his country tattoo on town

Anticipation morphed into mania. Jason Aldean appeared on the stage after most fans had been waiting in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for nearly two hours on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Kevin Twohig to retire as CEO of Spokane Public Facilities District

Kevin Twohig is retiring after 16 years as the chief executive officer of the Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns and operates the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the Spokane Convention …


Umpqua plans $1M remodel in downtown building

Umpqua Bank has lined up a $1 million interior remodel for the second floor of its downtown Spokane office building. The company owns the 95,000-square-foot structure at 111 N. Wall …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Elton John returns to Spokane as the prolific artist begins to talk about slowing down

There is no other word for Elton John but prolific. Start counting his hits and you need a calculator. Take a look at his career, from “Madman Across the Water” …


Doug Clark: I prefer an armed Ozzie to an unarmed one

I all but coughed up my toast and coffee Sunday morning when I read about the sheriff having to give up his gat at the Arena Saturday night. We really …


Fallen Heroes honors service members killed in action since 9/11

The Fallen Heroes Project, which has about a dozen leading members, helped spearhead the installation of a 24-foot monument at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena last year. And since the …


New security measures at Arena: come early, leave your weapons at home

People attending events at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena are being asked to come early and leave some items at home.


NCAA tournament returns to Spokane Arena with underdogs hopeful

As Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena gets set to host its fifth NCAA men’s tournament in 13 years, fans of the longshots hope for a repeat of 2014 upsets.


Spokane City Council to consider ban on elephant hooks

On Monday, the Spokane City Council will consider an ordinance banning the use of “bullhooks” - implements that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp, steel-hooked tips and that are used to …


Spokane expected to host skating’s Team Challenge Cup

A high-profile skating delegation coming to Spokane this week is expected to announce the Lilac City again will host a major figure skating event: the first-ever Team Challenge Cup. The …


Ground broken at Arena for memorial to fallen heroes

Several hundred people gathered Friday morning – the anniversary of 9/11 – to break ground on a new memorial honoring post-9/11 service members who died in the line of duty. …


Memorial pavers available to honor military

Memorial pavers can now be purchased to remember fallen military personnel from the Inland Northwest. The pavers will go into the walkways around a new memorial sculpture to honor post-Sept. …


WSU, arena host 9th NCAA games since 2001

When the Duke and Maryland women’s basketball teams tip off this afternoon at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, it will be the ninth time since 2001 that Washington State University has …


Veterans’ families building memorial sculpture at Spokane Arena

Family members of fallen Inland Northwest military personnel post-9/11 are at the heart of a drive to place a new commemorative sculpture to their lost loved ones outside Spokane Veterans …


Def Leppard coming to Spokane Arena

Def Leppard will perform at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena as part of the venue’s 20th anniversary celebration.


Celebration, improvements in store for Spokane Arena’s 20th year

When the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena opened in 1995, the owner of the Spokane Chiefs declared it to be the finest facility of its kind in any small city in …


Give and Take: Blog matters

A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog SportsLink. 4: The Spokane Shock and the Arena put an end to rumors that have been circulating for …


Pearl Jam to play Spokane Arena

Legendary Seattle rockers Pearl Jam will play the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Nov. 30 as part of the band’s 2013 North American tour.


City may strengthen firearms ban in public assembly facilities

Lay down your arms – at least when attending a Spokane Shock game or Bon Jovi concert. Spokane city leaders are considering changes to local ordinances that strengthen rules banning …


Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena drops Bon Jovi name

The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena’s shall be known as the Bon Jovi Veterans Arena no more. Arena managers decided late Thursday evening to drop the publicity stunt.


Mailer for Measure 1 may have violated law, PDC says

The taxpayer-supported Spokane Public Facilities District may have violated campaign rules last month when it sent voters a newsletter depicting passage of a tax measure as “necessary” and “critical.” Although …


Getting There: County taps GPS for real-time plow tracking

A real-time tracking system for Spokane County snowplows got a big test two weeks ago when 10 inches of snow blanketed the area over two days. The county is testing …