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Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium, Hawaii.jpg
Location 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818[1]
Coordinates 21°22′22″N 157°55′48″W / 21.37278°N 157.93°W / 21.37278; -157.93Coordinates: 21°22′22″N 157°55′48″W / 21.37278°N 157.93°W / 21.37278; -157.93
Opened September 12, 1975 [2]
Owner State of Hawaii
Operator Stadium Authority, State of Hawaii
Surface Astroturf (1975-2002)
FieldTurf (2003-present) [3]
Construction cost US$37 million[4]
Architect The Luckman Partnership, Inc.[5]
Capacity 50,000[6]
Field dimensions Baseball
Left Field – 325ft
Center Field – 420ft
Right Field – 325ft
Tenants
Hawaii Warriors (NCAA) (1975-present)
Hawaii Islanders (PCL) (1976-1987)
Team Hawaii (NASL) (1977)
Pro Bowl (NFL) (1980-2009, 2011-2012)
Hula Bowl (NCAA) (1975-1997, 2006– )
The Hawaiians (WFL) (1975)
Aloha Bowl (NCAA) (1982-2000)
Oahu Bowl (NCAA) (1998-2000)
Hawaiʻi Bowl (NCAA) (2002-present)

Aloha Stadium is a stadium located in the Halawa CDP,[7] City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Currently Aloha Stadium is home to the University of Hawaiʻi Warriors football team (Western Athletic Conference, NCAA Division I FBS). It has also been home to the National Football League's Pro Bowl since 1980 and the NCAA's Hula Bowl from 1975 to 1997 and again in 2006. It also hosts numerous high school football games during the season, and serves as a venue for large concerts and events. A swap meet in the stadium's parking lot every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday draws large crowds.[8] Aloha Stadium once served as home field for the AAA Hawaiʻi Islanders of the Pacific Coast League from 1975 to 1987 before the team moved to Colorado Springs.

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History

Located west of downtown Honolulu and two miles north of Honolulu International Airport, Aloha Stadium was built in 1975 at a cost of $37 million. It was intended as a replacement for the aging Honolulu Stadium on King Street, demolished in 1976.

The first sporting event ever held at Aloha Stadium was a football game played between the University of Hawaii and Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) on September 13, 1975. The crowd was 32,247.[9]

Aloha Stadium could be reconfigured into various configurations for different sport venues and other purposes, and was the first stadium in the United States with this capability. Four movable sections, each 3.5 million pounds[6] and with a capacity of 7,000, could move using air cushions into a diamond configuration for baseball (also used for soccer), an oval for football, or a triangle for concerts. A 2005 study by Honolulu engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. determined that the stadium required $99 million to be completely restored and an additional $115 million for ongoing maintenance and refurbishment over the next 20 years to extend its useful life.[10] In January 2007, the stadium was permanently locked into its football configuration, citing cost and maintenance issues.[11]

There have been numerous discussions with State of Hawaii lawmakers who are concerned with the physical condition of the stadium. There are several issues regarding rusting of the facility, several hundred seats that need to be replaced, and restroom facilities that need to be expanded to accommodate more patrons.[4]

In early 2007, the state legislature proposed to spend $300 million to build a new facility as opposed to spending approximately $216 million to extend the life of Aloha Stadium for another 20–30 years. The new stadium would also be used to lure a potential Super Bowl to Hawaii in the near future, possibly for 2016.[12][13]

One council member has said that if immediate repairs are not made within the next seven years, then the stadium will probably have to be demolished due to safety concerns. In May 2007, the state alloted $12.4 million to be used towards removing corrosion and rust from the structure.[14]

Expansion and improvements

In 2003, the stadium surface was changed from AstroTurf (which had been in place since the stadium opened) to FieldTurf.[3]

In 2008, the state of Hawaii approved the bill of $185 million to refurbish the aging Aloha Stadium.[15] The Aloha Stadium Authority plans to add more luxury suites, replacing all seats, rusting treatments, parking lots, more restrooms, pedestrian bridge supports, enclosed lounge, and more. There is also a proposal that would close the 4 opening corners of the stadium to add more seats.

Events

In 1997, a three-game regular season series between Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres was held at the stadium.[16] The series was played in with a doubleheader on April 19 and a nationally broadcast (ESPN) game on April 20. In 1975, the Padres had played an exhibition series against the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League.

Aloha Stadium hosted the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship (February 20-23, 2008), a knockout soccer tournament, involving four teams from Japan's J-League, North America's Major League Soccer (MLS) and Australia/New Zealand's A-League.[17]

Aloha Stadium is also the venue for five public high school graduation ceremonies. Radford High School, Mililani High School, Aiea High School, James Campbell High School, and Pearl City High School hold their graduation ceremony at the stadium in early June.

Popular culture fiction

  • Aloha Stadium is one of the settings of the movie Lilo and Stitch.
  • The 1980s television drama Magnum, P.I., shot on location in the Honolulu area, also made use of the stadium for shooting.
  • The ABC television drama Lost, shot on location on Oahu, used the stadium during a flashback episode for the character Jack.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Aloha Stadium Contact Information". http://alohastadium.hawaii.gov/contact-info. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  2. ^ Aloha Stadium facts, alohastadium.hawaii.gov/
  3. ^ a b Masuoka, Brandon (2003-04-29). "Aloha Stadium surface will be of NFL quality". The Honolulu Advertiser. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Apr/29/sp/sp04a.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  4. ^ a b Gima, Craig (2006-01-27). "Stadium corrosion creates a $129M safety concern". The Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/27/news/story03.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  5. ^ Muschamp, Herbert (1999-01-28). "Charles Luckman, Architect Who Designed Penn Station's Replacement, Dies at 89". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B07E3DD1139F93BA15752C0A96F958260. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  6. ^ a b Hawaii Athletics facility description page, uhathletics.hawaii.edu
  7. ^ "Halawa CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  8. ^ "Hawaii's premier Aloha Stadium Swap Meet an Outdoor Market in Hawaii|Aloha Outdoor Market, Flea Markets and Swap meet for shopping in Honolulu". Alohastadiumswapmeet.net. 1975-09-12. http://www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net/Contents/AboutUs.asp. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  
  9. ^ Aloha Stadium Swap Meet "About Us" page, alohastadiumswapmeet.net
  10. ^ "Stadium rust to get $12.4M treatment | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. 2007-05-11. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/May/11/ln/FP705110373.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  
  11. ^ Masuoka, Brandon (2006-07-28). "Aloha Stadium losing baseball configuration". The Honolulu Advertiser. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Jul/28/sp/FP607280343.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  12. ^ Reardon, Dave (2006-04-03). "Super Dreams: Bringing the 50th Super Bowl to the 50th state would be costly". The Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://starbulletin.com/2006/04/03/sports/story01.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  13. ^ "Breakdown of cities vying for 2012 Super Bowl". NFL.com. 2008-05-20. http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story;jsessionid=BAA83F9A58DD98CF8F596EE9C7A18308?id=09000d5d80865226&template=with-video&confirm=true. Retrieved 2008-05-20.  
  14. ^ Arakawa, Lynda (2007-05-11). "Stadium rust to get $12.4M treatment". The Honolulu Advertiser. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/May/11/ln/FP705110373.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
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  16. ^ Arnett, Paul and Yuen, Mike (1997-02-25). "Padres, Cardinals to play in Hawaii". The Honolulu Star-Bulletin. http://starbulletin.com/97/02/25/sports/story1.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  17. ^ Carlos Alvarez-Galloso, Roberto (2007-12-26). "2008 Pan-Pacific Championship: Make it more inclusive". MeriNews. http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=128203. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  18. ^ "Aloha Stadium: Lost Virtual Tour Hawaii - Filming Locations". Lostvirtualtour.com. 2006-07-29. http://www.lostvirtualtour.com/lost/filming_locations/alohastadium/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  

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