Chiefs to host Neurodiversity Awareness Night on Sunday, October 9

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs are proud to host their first-ever Neurodiversity Awareness Night this Sunday, October 9. The show is going to look and sound a little different in the Spokane Arena when the team hosts the Portland Winterhawks in an effort to be more inclusive to the neurodiverse population.

“This game provides a unique opportunity to offer an enjoyable experience to members of our community that they may not have at a typical Chiefs game otherwise,” Spokane Chiefs Vice President of Sponsorship and Operations Jay Stewart said. “We plan on a softer approach to some of the game elements and hope that it is an enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Sunday’s game day experience will be different from the average Chiefs game fans are used to, including:

  • Music will be quieter, no fan noise makers will be handed out for this game, public address will be limited, and there will be no fire alarm/fog horn type sounds except for the goal song
  • The arena lights in the bowl will stay on for the entire show, with no dimming or black out
  • The Gonzaga Exceptional Bulldogs will participate in a Mite Skate during the first intermission

The Integra Rooms located outside section 110 will serve as a quiet room and will remain available for the entire game to anyone who needs it.

Sensory kits will be provided by the Isaac Foundation and can be checked in and out at the Integra Rooms (limited quantity available). These will include fidget devices, headphones, weighted blankets, communication cards and more.

The Chiefs are proud to partner with several local organizations to help support the neurodiverse community including the Isaac Foundation, Northwest Autism Center, The ARC of Spokane and more. The organization is incredibly excited to host this special event and welcome new fans into the building.

Tickets for all Spokane Chiefs home games are available now, just call the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at (509) 535-PUCK or visit

The Chiefs’ next home game is this Friday, October 7 as they take on the defending WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings for the first time since the 2018-19 season. Ticket packages for the 2022-23 season are available now! For more information, visit or call a ticket account executive at 509-535-PUCK.

The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey league, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

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