In the basement of Spokane City Hall last week, with the deadline to make a decision fast approaching, Rick Romero faced the City Council with one final offer. This, he thought, could save the prospect of a new stadium downtown.
The pitch to the council was simple: Let voters decide where they want a new stadium to replace Joe Albi Stadium. This time, the question would have no money attached.
“I feel strongly that the decision we’re making here is one that we’re going to live with for the next 50 or 60 years,” says Romero, who does strategic planning for the city.
On Monday, the City Council took him up on the offer of letting voters make that decision. In a 5-1 vote, the council decided to put the question on the November ballot.