THE FIRST PITCH PAVILION
BASEBALL MADE IN THE SHADE!
BSR was approached by the owner of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club (farm team to the Texas Rangers) to help the team with facilities upgrades at Avista Stadium, Spokane Washington.
AVISTA STADIUM, BUILT IN THE 1950’S was getting a $3.5MM improvements package including new team offices, ticket office, concessions and team store. But even with all these improvements the stadium was, well. . . built in the 1950’s. The team needed something, big, new and exciting to greet park patrons upon entering the gates.
THEY BEGAN TOSSING AROUND IDEAS.
Someone suggested a structure made from concrete block, there was already a lot of concrete block in use in the stadium. Someone else suggested corrugated metal, it too was a material already in use in the stadium. No one was happy with any of the ideas they discussed. The area designated for the construction, what ever shape that might take, was soon dubbed "The Thing". Having worked with BSR on previous projects, team knew they needed a fresh perspective and they knew just where to find it.
THE TEAM CALLED BSR.
BSR decided a little free-thinking was in order. Instead of trying to "blend-in" this new entrance piece to the 1950's architecture, BSR took the opposite tack. Much like a bouquet of flowers accents a well designed room (even though it's colors are found no where in the decor) we knew the answer lay in "breaking-out" of the existing architecture. A fabric tension structure would be the perfect solution with graceful, arching lines breaking up the cold-war era architecture. BSR designed a schematic and presented it to the team. The appeal was unanimous and the team signed off on the design at the presentation.
THE BUILD WAS CHALLENGING.
Spokane's soil is extremely rocky. The stones are densely packed and range in size from that of a football to boulders the size of a phone booth. The support columns of a fabric tension structures must bear extreme loads. The sails, hardware and rigging are all pulling at several hundred pounds per square inch toward the center of the structure and with the soil conditions being what they were, deep footings were not an option. So BSR' engineers designed the footings to run shallow. The footings would be no more than 30 inches at their deepest point and would range from 6 feet long x 6 feet across all the way up to a massive 12 feet long x 10 feet across.
THE RESULTS OF THE DESIGN
are the new Spokane Indians Gateway Pavilion, a 2,400 sq. ft. tension structure spanning 75 feet and soaring to a height of more than 30 feet at it’s apex. The cool cappuccino colored sails give more than 90% protection from the hot Spokane sun and the seating below, custom made by BSR, offers a cool relaxing spot for park goers and families to soak up the shade while enjoying a cold drink or snack.
AND WHEN THE SUN GOES down the space converts to a party venue with live music an dancing, all under the glow of the canopies more than 300 feet of festoon lighting. The Spokane Indians Gateway Pavilion, now open at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Washington. As the old song says: “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!”