Spokane County hired ALSC Architects to provide facility assessment and planning services in association with needed improvements for Avista Stadium to ensure compliance with recently adopted Major League Baseball regulations. These new regulations are directed primarily at player, coaching staff, and team support facilities. Compliance with these new regulations is required to be completed prior to the beginning of the 2026 baseball season. Given the longer annual season schedule and ball games beginning in early April rather than June, many of the existing facilities at Avista Stadium will require improvements beyond those included in the new MLB regulations. These improvements are related to providing the necessary heat and thermal protection of systems in existing buildings that were not designed or built for cold weather operations.
In addition to these required improvements, included in the scope of work was an investigation of potential spectator amenity improvements to enhance the game day experience and generate additional revenue. A third level of investigation was also included to identify improvements that would have potential operational benefits to both Avista Stadium and the adjacent Spokane County Fair & Expo Center grounds. Finally, the scope of work included bringing those projects forward into an update to the Master Plan for the fairgrounds campus.
Project Timeline Master Plan Development - March 2021 - November 2021.