Aloha Stadium could be replaced by smaller structure

Aloha Stadium could be replaced by smaller structure

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii could say a hui hou to the Aloha Stadium.

A New York consulting firm says a 30-35 thousand seat stadium could be built on the lower portion of the current stadium sight in Halawa.

The Stadium authority hired the consultant as they weighed the options for the future of Aloha Stadium. However, perhaps the biggest selling point according to the study, is that a smaller stadium could save the state between 2-3 million dollars a year in operating costs.

The original 50-thousand seat structure was built in 1975 and has undergone several renovations. But as the study revealed, stake holders say the Aloha Stadium is too large and does not possess premium seating.

The study says a modern stadium could be built at a cost of $132 to $192-million.

In a press release, Stadium Authority Chairman Charles Toguchi said, "While the summary includes observations and recommendations from Foley & Lardner, the Stadium Authority has not made any definitive decisions regarding the future of Aloha Stadium, as we look forward to analyzing the summary and soliciting feedback from the public."

The Stadium Authority will allow the public to provide comments on the summary, on July 10.

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