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Additional money allocated for Aloha Stadium study

New recommendations on plans for an alternate stadium are expected within the year New recommendations on plans for an alternate stadium are expected within the year

HONOLULU (AP) - Authorities on Thursday approved spending additional money for a study that will determine whether to replace or renovate the aging Aloha Stadium.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports (http://is.gd/Yfg0Qm) the Aloha Stadium Authority voted to spend $155,000 to fund the multi-phase study process into early 2015.

A New York-based law firm, Foley and Lardner, is leading the study. It will determine whether it's best to renovate the 50,000-seat stadium which opened in 1975 or to build a new stadium with fewer seats. The target is between 30,000 to 35,000 seats.

The state Department of Accounting and General Services has estimated the stadium needs $120 million in improvements to operate in the next five to 10 years.

Cost estimates for a new, smaller stadium range from $132 million to $190 million.

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