Seattle isn't the only Washington city with basketball arena decision to be made. In Spokane, a vote yesterday may determine the fate of the Spokane Convention Center, and whether seats will be added to the Spokane Arena in an attempt to lure back NCAA men's basketball tournament games.
According to the Associated Press, Spokane County's Measure 1 - which would approve a 10-year extension of a pair of sales and use taxes to pay for 91,000 square feet of new space in the Spokane Convention Center - was passing 46,176 to 36,014 Tuesday, grabbing 56.2 percent of the vote. The AP story indicates there were 10,000 ballots left to count.
From the AP's story:
Part of the ballot measure would add 750 seats to the upper bowl of the arena, making it large enough to qualify for future NCAA men's basketball tournaments. Basketball capacity would rise to 12,500 seats, which is 500 seats above the NCAA minimum.
The total cost of implementing Measure 1 has been estimated at $65 million. In addition to expanding the Spokane Convention Center and adding seats to Spokane Arena, Measure 1 would also improve the Centennial Trail, which is in the same vicinity. Approving Measure 1 would extend the existing sales-and-use tax and hotel/motel tax from 2033 to 2042 to help pay for the upgrades.
Yesterday's action was part of a special election in the Spokane County. If you're interested in such things, results can be found here.