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Traffic delays expected for football season opener

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Get ready for gridiron gridlock.  Warrior football fans are excited for Thursday's game against USC, but drivers are dreading it.  The season opener comes on a Thursday night at 5:00 when the roads are packed with cars coming home from school and work.  It could create one big traffic mess near Aloha Stadium. 

There is the city express and express routes but TheBus cannot do a football express.  That's because the federal government said city bus systems cannot run charter service for special events.  So for the second season private companies like Polynesian Adventure Tours rolled in to carry on the shuttle service to games.

"We're excited to be a part of it. It kind of caught us out of the blue a couple years ago, the city used to provide this service," said Lee Collins, Polynesian Adventure Tours, Vice President Sales and Marketing.  "They asked the Hawaii Transportation Association if we'd take over and we agreed we'd love to do it.  We hardly get to do things with our residents so this is a wonderful opportunity."

Five separate private companies pick up fans from 13 different spots around the island and drop them off at the stadium.  It's $14 round trip or $8 dollars one way.  A season pass is also available for $66 after the USC Game.

"They can jump aboard the bus and it's an express shuttle and you don't have to wait in the car lines or find parking, our busses go express into the stadium and park right next to the ticket windows so you can go in, enjoy yourself have a few beers and not worry about driving and you know right where your bus is," said Collins.

"We're expecting a very busy day tomorrow. Having a game on a weekday creates its own challenges and we're hoping we'll be prepared for it," said Scott Chan, Aloha Stadium Manager.

The Aloha Stadium Manager encourages using the shuttle service.  There are 8,000 stalls at Aloha Stadium and a few thousand are presold passes.  There are three offsite parking lots.  Kam Drive In and Leeward Community College will open at 1:00.  The parking lot at Radford High School will open at 3:00.  Parking at Leeward Community College is free and shuttle service is available for $2.  Parking at Kam Drive In is $5 with a free shuttle.  Parking at Radford High is $5, but no shuttle service is available.   And unlike last year there will not be parking at Ford Island.

"I would advise them to get an early start and anticipate delays. The first game of the season always has its challenges," said Chan.

At last check 46,000 tickets were sold and they are expecting a sellout by kickoff.

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