Sports County USA: Spokane County commissioners’ resolution designates new nickname

<p><p>Spokane County has a new nickname.</p></p><p><p>In mid-December, the county commissioners unanimously passed a resolution designating Spokane County as Sports County USA.</p></p><p><p>“It’s a big deal,” said County Commissioner Al French, who came up with the idea.</p></p><p><p>French said he can’t think of another county in America that tops Spokane County in sports offerings.</p></p><p><p>“I think the only thing you can’t do is ocean surf here,” French said. “I’ve actually snow skied in the morning and water skied in the afternoon (in Spokane County).”</p></p><p><p>Calling Spokane County “Sports County USA” might seem like a bit of a reach to some sports fans, but French said the title is deserved. </p></p><p><p>There’s the newly opened Podium, which some consider to be one of the best indoor track and field facilities in the country, French noted. A new stadium is coming to downtown Spokane. There’s also Avista Stadium, the Spokane Arena, Hoopfest, Gonzaga basketball and Bloomsday.</p></p><p><p>Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns noted that the county also has soccer facilities, ice rinks and both hunting and hiking opportunities.</p></p><p><p>“You can pretty much do it all here in Spokane County,” Kerns said.</p></p><p><p>French said the nickname will be a valuable marketing tool by groups including Visit Spokane, the Spokane Public Facilities District and Spokane Sports Commission.</p></p><p><p>“They can all use that as part of the marketing efforts to bring tournaments and other events to Spokane County,” French said.</p></p><p><p>No other county had previously declared itself Sports County USA, French said. He added that the county has purchased a Sports County USA domain name.</p></p><p><p>Stephanie Curran, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District – which oversees the Spokane Arena and the Podium – said in a county news release that the district is excited to start using the Sports County USA moniker.</p></p><p><p>“We are primed and more ready than ever to live up to this ambitious designation,” Curran said.</p></p>