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Diehard fans beat Aloha Stadium traffic with very early start

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Matt Buckman Matt Buckman
Julie Deguar Julie Deguar
AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Having a University of Hawaii football game on a weekday afternoon is bound to cause problems with traffic. But a lot of fans avoided the rush-hour crunch by showing up as soon as the gates to the Aloha Stadium parking lot opened at 11:30 a.m.

By 3 p.m., the lot was a sea of cars and tents as people started tailgate parties as soon as they could set up their barbecues. Many of those we talked to had already been there for hours.

"You gotta be here like, 11:24, 11:25, and you're in. You get your spot and you're good to go," said UH fan Matt Buckman.

"You gotta park at the church on, um, that street over there," said UH fan Julie Deguar, pointing toward Aiea Elementary School. "And two minutes, you're in. You gotta time it. You gotta time it right."

Deguar said she comes to every UH home game. Buckman also said his tailgating expertise comes from years of experience. 

"I've been doing this so many years already, so you gotta time everything traffic-wise, to get in the gate and get the spot, and we're all good," he said.

Those who came later found it hard to find a spot. By 4 p.m., some of the public gates were closed and fans were directed to alternate parking lots at Radford High School, Leeward Community College and Kam Drive-In.

There were some traffic bottlenecks, including one at the westbound Aloha Stadium exit of the H-1 airport viaduct. Traffic had to merge from four lanes to two after getting off the freeway.

There was also a report that the shuttle buses to bring UH students to Aloha Stadium were running behind schedule, with some students picked up in Manoa after the game had already started.

As the Rainbow Warriors fell behind the USC Trojans, fans started trickling out of the stadium before the end of the third quarter. But for the fans who stay till the final whistle, "The secret to getting out is when the lights come out and cops come in, we're gone," said Buckman.

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