This Wednesday, Spokane's historic Steam Plant lit up the building's smokestacks in crimson and purple in honor of this Saturday's Apple Cup.
“We think the Apple Cup is a pretty significant community event and wanted our 225-foot twin smokestacks to highlight the rivalry,” said Spencer Sowl, operations and property manager for Steam Plant Square. “There’s plenty of fans on both sides, so we can’t play favorites, and the stacks will look great in both crimson and purple."
"Although, if you watch the game in the Steam Plant Pub wearing your team’s colors – we’ll be able to see which team has a bigger presence,” he added.
After the University of Washington vs. Washington State University game concludes, the stacks will change to the winning team's colors, and will remain that way through the weekend.
At its peak in 1916, the Steam Plant created and supplied steam heat to more than 300 buildings in downtown Spokane. Ten years later it was transformed into the Steam Plant Square, a mixed-use space including restaurant, brewery, retail, and commercial businesses.
Kick off for Saturday's game is at 7:30.