Omak Stampede Events Center Study, Omak, Washington
Omak Stampede Events Center Study
Omak, Washington
The Omak Stampede Events Center Master Plan Study has been developed around a 5,000- to 8,000-seat arena, whose primary use during the summer months will be for rodeo events. For maximum versatility, the east open end of the arena can be enclosed in the same seating layout as the west end. All seats are protected by a roof, providing shade from the hot summer sun during the annual August Stampede main event. Designed to accommodate a variety of events, the arena floor will feature a multipurpose surface.
The Events Center is equipped with a lighting and public address system that extends to the surrounding activity areas. Three levels of restrooms and concessions spaces enclose the major south entry elevation. The central level consists of an open platform that initially will be used as a dance floor and beverage lounge that overlooks the main concourse of the surrounding park and athletic fields. Eventually, the concourse will extend from the west park boundary to the east boundary, connecting all park amenities. At the extreme west boundary bordering the City of Omak is an open area utilized annually by the same carnival operation that serves as the main west-end anchor tenant during the Stampede celebration. At the east opposite end is a large, open grass area used for soccer events all year, but is converted to the Pow Wow celebration grounds during the week long activities of the Stampede. The configuration of the L-shaped grandstands allows the arena to easily convert to a baseball stadium. The master plan provides circulation pathways for pedestrians as well as for service, safety and utility infrastructure considerations for complex public events.