Spokane ColiseumEdit profile
Spokane Coliseum (nicknamed The Boone Street Barn) was an indoor arena, located in Spokane, Washington. It opened in 1954 and had a capacity of 5,400.
It was host to a number of teams, including the Spokane Chiefs, of the WHL. The arena served as the home of the men's basketball program of Gonzaga University, from its entry into NCAA Division I competition in 1958, until the opening of the on-campus John F. Kennedy Memorial Pavilion, later the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre, in 1965. The Bulldogs returned to the Coliseum in 1979, their first year in the West Coast Athletic Conference, for conference home games only before returning to Kennedy Pavilion for the 1980-81 season. They continued to use the Coliseum for occasional home games until its demise.
During 1990, discussions for a new arena to replace the Spokane Coliseum began. One factor that led to the idea included several damages to the arena which had a leaking roof and rusted boilers. Another major issue was the size of Spokane Coliseum, which had then recently lost potential bookings from ZZ Top and New Kids on the Block due to its small size. Ultimately the Spokane Coliseum was replaced by the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in 1995 and demolished that same year. The space it occupied became a parking lot for the new arena.
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