Maui scraps turf plan for War Memorial Stadium

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County is ending its plans to replace grass at War Memorial Stadium with artificial turf because of a $1.5 million price tag.

The Maui News reported Thursday that the county originally planned to spend about $1 million on the entire project, including design work. But county spokesman Rod Antone says bids that came back in April were much higher.

Maui County Councilman Don Guzman says the county got a $920,000 grant from the state for the project.

The stadium was built in the 1950s and was the former home of the Hula Bowl, a college football all-star game. Now it hosts the Maui County Fair and other events.

Antone says after reviewing the bids, county officials decided it would be more cost-effective to maintain a real grass field.

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