Aloha Stadium gets ready for Pro Bowl

Aloha Stadium
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By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The banners being cinched to the stands and the signage hanging from strategic spots say the NFL is coming back to Aloha Stadium for the Pro Bowl.

"We're the venue. This is what everybody sees besides the game. So we're going to try and do our best to present a clean facility and safe facility as well," said Stadium deputy manager Lois Manin.

But the facility is in the midst of a multi-million dollar makeover that's only partially complete.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is confident the Stadium will be presentable to a nationwide TV audience that will tune in for the game on January 30.

"It's a renovation just like a hotel renovation," said HTA's Michael Story. "We have a number of televised events at the Stadium. And the Stadium so far has done a fantastic job in addressing concerns. I don't see why that would be any different for the Pro Bowl."

So far, three-fourths of the roof has been redone and new seats line the mauka sideline.

As kick off gets closer, the Stadium will suspend some work on steel supports that have yet to be reinforced.

Scaffolding in the south end will be temporarily relocated.

"It's just going to be moved because there's ongoing work. But the scaffolding in the south will come down and it'll go back up after the Pro Bowl," Manin said.

Late last year, the state completed a vibration study on the Stadium's stability when the stands are full.

Former State comptroller Russ Saito said it passed the test.

This will be the first time Hawaii will host a Pro Bowl that takes place a week before the Super Bowl.

"What I do expect to see is an increase in television ratings, which is very important for us in the dead of winter back in North America," Story said.

"It's the only chance for Hawaii fans to actually see pro athletes in action from the NFL," Manin said.

With the nation watching and a sellout expected, it's important the Stadium put on a good face in the midst of a facelift.

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