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Planning tips for the Spokane Regional

Update: March 17th:  UO recommends buying Spokane tickets directly through the Spokane Arena website and TicketsWest (link here)

 

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Spokane Arena & Area:   (Google Map)

 If our Ducks make it to the Sweet-16 or the Elite-8 (as we hope!) those games would be played in Spokane Arena (Veterans Memorial Arena). This is downtown, on the north side of I-90, just west of the Gonzaga University campus. There is nice walking nearby, around Riverfront Park which spans both sides of the river and an large island in the middle.

 

Hotels:

There are not a lot of hotels in the immediate, walkable area -- and those appear to be filling fast w/ prices rising.  (On my map above, you can see some Red markers where hotels were already full). You may prefer to drive from the hotel anyways, due to the time of day the games are played -- might be dark after the game.

The closest hotel is 0.4 miles (Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park).   There are lots of hotels in the surrounding area, and you likely find a better option that is farther away. 

For example, another fan recommended Residence Inn Spokane East Valley, if you're going up with another couple and wanted to be a little closer to the Idaho /scenery than downtown.  It is 12 miles away, but an easy drive out I-90.  They have 2-bedroom suites there, and are more affordable than downtown.

 

Travel:

I suspect many of us will be driving to Spokane.

  • 7-8 hours by car. GoogleMaps shows the quickest drive is through the scenic Columbia Gorge (I-5 to I-205 to I-84), then up through the sparse eastern-Washingon terrain (I-82 to 395 to I-90).  There are plenty of opportunities for gas & pit stops, if you're careful -- but it can be sparse, especially between Pasco & Spokane.
  • 2.5 hours by plane, though no direct flights and many of the flights have a much longer layover.  Alaska Air showed as the quickest & cheapest
  • ~11h by Bus or Train.

The travel does make for a long trip.  Many of us will drive up on Fri Mar 23rd (or VERY EARLY on March 24th),  Games are Saturday March 24 (1PM and ~3:30pm) & Monday March 26th (6pm).   Likely drive home on Tuesday March 27th.

For those who haven’t been to this area, Idaho is only about 20 minutes by good freeway from Spokane, so you may want to check out some gorgeous country on the off day between rounds.

 

Tickets:

  • Link to buy Tickets from TicketWest (here).  
  • Info on general tickets is on Spokane Arena's event page.
  • The UO recommends buying tickets directly from Spokane Arena / Tickets West to get the best seats (click on Duck Mail picture below for their full explanation)

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If you decide you can't make it this year:

  • Take heart...   The games will be broadcast on TV and Radio.   Portland will be hosting WBB Tournament Regionals for the next two seasons.  Hopefully that works out well for our Ducks and us Duck fans!

 

Final Four!?

Our Ducks have a challenging, but fair shot to make the Final Four.  If we do, we likely would have to get through a very tough Notre Dame team in the Elite-8 (#2 in the RPI, having played the nations toughest schedule with just 3 losses).

  • The Final Four for the women will be held March 30 - April 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 
  • They do have a Ticket Exchange, as well as other hospitality/travel packages.
  • (NCAA Web Page, with Info)
  • Season Ticket-holders and Donors can reserve tickets if the Ducks make the Final Four.   You  must reserve before Noon on Tuesday March 27th.   (Link Here)