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Caruso's Sandwiches & Artisan Pizza is a restaurant chain in Spokane that has partnered with Border Smackdown to offer our participating teams a discount throughout the weekend.  The U-District location is within 5 minutes of the Podium and offers online order and delivery.


Established in 1993 as a sandwich shop, Caruso's built its brand with a love for fresh & healthy food choices, delivered fast and wrapped in hospitality. Twenty-one years later, pizza was added to the menu, establishing a new "go to" choice for pizza and sandwiches. And our commitment to quality never wavered. We use locally-sourced wheat flour to make flavorful, freshly-baked breads and pizza dough. Whether it's sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, or wraps, each item is carefully prepared to ensure freshness in every bite. Serving the Spokane and Coeur D' Alene markets, Caruso's actively supports the community and offers fundraising opportunities for local organizations throughout the year. Come and experience what sets us apart from other dining establishments!

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Event History

The Border Smackdown was created as opportunity to bring together boys teams from around the Pacific NW and the western Canadian provinces, to enjoy high level competitive volleyball. During it's first 5 years of existence, the Border Smackdown was hosted by the Spokane Boys Volleyball Club (SBVC) and it's Director, Roland Madany. Roland still runs this event today!

Boys volleyball teams from all over the western United States and Canada meet in the Border Smackdown in May. These teams celebrate the sport they love, competing in 14's, 16's, and 18's divisions. In 2023, the event saw its largest participation with 66 boys teams across the three divisions! 

We are looking forward to continued growth of this event as the exponential growth of boys volleyball continues to grow! 

Come Experience the state of the art facility, The Podium, at one of the largest events in the PNW

Spokane Junior Lilac Parade Impacts to Smackdown Saturday, May 11, 2023 | 8:00am-2:00pm

Road Closures around Podium

  • Washington and Stevens will be closed from about 8:00 or 8:30 A.M. until approximately 2:00 P.M. from Boone to downtown.   

  • Joe Albi Way (the new name for the road on the north side of the Podium) will basically be closed, but we will have volunteers who will allow any vehicles to enter who need to drop off any who are unable to walk from the parking lots to the Podium entrance as well as those with equipment.  

  • Drivers could also drop off people and equipment on the west side of the Podium by stopping on Howard.


Parking and foot traffic patterns 

  • Parking lot “B” (the east side of the lot) will be available for paid parking for your event and can be accessed from Howard Street (just south of Boone).  Other Lots are also available.

  • The school marching units (some of which have up to 200 students) will each walk as groups from their buses, across Howard street and will continue down Joe Albi Way to get to Washington to line up.  We will have crossing guards on Howard Street.  Your participants will also be able to use these crossing guards to get to the Podium if they would like.  We are working with the Spokane Police Department to assure the safety of all involved.

Location Info


Downtown Spokane Hotels

Our hotel partner, Team Travel Source secures local hotel pricing for the event to help make it easy to make hotel reservations while comparing rates on one booking platform!



About Spokane

Spokane, serves as a shopping, entertainment, sports, and medical hub for the Pacific Northwest. Athletes and fans alike love to come to Spokane. We are home to Bloomsday, the largest timed road race in the nation, as well as Hoopfest, the largest three-on-three street basketball tournament in the world.



The Podium

Sitting high on 15-foot basalt outcropping, overlooking downtown Spokane and connected to Riverfront Park, The Podium is located in the heart of downtown Spokane. This spectacular setting creates the ultimate backdrop for sports events, allowing fans and athletes to walk to Spokane’s finest hotels, restaurants, retail, and entertainment options. 

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