Tough call: Keep Aloha stadium or build new stadium

(Via KITV)

The clock’s ticking down on a decision for what to do with the aging Aloha Stadium. On Thursday the state made a last call for anyone to voice an opinion on the matter.

From the Pro Bowl to Friday night lights, sell out concerts to the home of UH football, Aloha Stadium’s been the host to some of the states largest events since 1975. But like a pro player past his prime, the stadium is showing it’s age and the cost to keep it in the game for the next five to seven years is a whopping $120 million.

“The facility is aging, cost is rising, we have projects coming up with HART. We need to get an expert opinion on gathering the facts and giving us an idea of what we need to do to address this issue,” said Scott Chan, stadium manager.

Those facts have been gathered. The recommendation is to build a new stadium at a cost between $132 million to $192 million. It would sit in the lower stadium parking lot and be roughly 30-percent smaller than the current facility. While many agree something has to be done, not everyone agrees on what that something should be.

“I played in the Rose Bowl in 1952 and the stadium was in good condition and I don’t see why this stadium cannot last longer than it is now,” said Will Dunn, a UH football fan.

A new stadium would save the state up to $3.2 million a year in operating costs. Visitors from Philly have already seen their old stadiums torn down, then rebuilt and they say they’ve never looked back.

“They tore down the Vet which has been around since I was a kid. It was a unique stadium, it’s been around forever but it was old and outdated. The new stadiums that they built are just amazing stadiums,” said Bill Shafer, a visitor from Philadelphia.

Thursday’s meeting at the stadium was put on because just last month the stadiums board of directors voted to accept the study that recommended a smaller stadium be built. The state’s still in the early stages of decision making. Stadium management says this was the last chance to hear from the public. Now they’re moving on to analyze all of the data they collected.

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