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Omak Stampede’s new arena wins approval

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OMAK — Fans like the new $5.4 million Omak Stampede arena.

There's more shade from the afternoon sun, and the bleacher seats are much more comfortable — with a back to lean against.

Cowboys are happy with it, too.

When the stands were filled with 8,000 spectators on Saturday night, the place was rocking. "It makes it feel like a lot bigger rodeo," said Shawn Best, a 24-year-old bull rider from Omak.

Jockeys who ride in the Stampede's signature event…

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