Three Rivers Campus

The Three Rivers Campus is the entire site containing the Toyota Center, Toyota Arena, and Three Rivers Convention Center - situated centrally between Columbia Center Regional Shopping and the 103-acre Vista Field Redevelopment.

Development History
  • 1988 - Tri-Cities Coliseum opens it doors as a hockey arena
  • 2000 - City of Kennewick purchases and turns the Coliseum into a public facility
  • 2004 - City of Kennewick assigns management to the Kennewick Public Facilities District, which then engages VenuWorks Inc. to oversee day-to-day operations
  • 2004 - Construction of Three Rivers Convention Center
  • 2005 - Naming Rights Sponsorship Agreement reached with Toyota USA and Toyota of Tri-Cities to brand Coliseum and Ice Arena as the Toyota Center and Toyota Arena
  • 2014 - Springhill Suites connected to Three Rivers Convention Center begins construction
  • 2018 - Smart lighting installed to accommodate various programmable event lighting arrangements
  • 2019 - New LED TV boards installed in Toyota Center
  • 2019 - Public/Private Partnership Announced for $85m expansion of convention center and addition of a seven story hotel and retail center.

Three Rivers Convention Center


Vista Field (South of Three Rivers Campus)

Vista Field Centered Smaller

2019 Public/Private Partnership

On September 3rd, 2019 the City of Kennewick Council approved a Purchase and Sale Agreement with A-1 Pearl for the sale of property adjacent to the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center. The agreement calls for the City to develop a 33,000 square foot addition to the existing Convention Center along with a 2,000 seat flex-space Performing Arts Theater; the private party will develop at the same time a seven story high-quality hotel with a restaurant, spa, an outdoor pool and an adjacent 40,000 square foot retail center.

Public/Private Partnership Highlights

  • Nearly $20m in potential economic impact by retaining existing events that are outgrowing the convention center.
  • $210m in potential private investment between both phases proposed by developer
  • Private development supports traffic to and income of retained and new events at expanded Convention Center
  • No new taxes to finance public portion of project
  • Supports community-wide vision and desire for priority regional projects
  • Substantial new sales tax and lodging tax dollar reinvested in local economy

Public/Private Partnership Timeline

  • 09/03/19 City Council Approves Purchase and Sale Agreement; initiating 24-month due diligence period
  • 09/30/19 First Public Open House
  • 10/17/19 Second Public Open House

Three Rivers Expansion Phase I

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Entrance to Future Vista Theater

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Project Phasing

Three Rivers Partnership Steps