HONOLULU (AP) - A shortage of paying customers at University of Hawaii football games may cause financial problems for the athletic program and its 21 sports.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports attendance for the Rainbow Warriors first four home games at Aloha Stadium has averaged 25,263 fans.
That's nearly 2,100 fewer fans per game than last year and the lowest attendance since a winless season in 1998.
The athletic program had projected ticket sales this year of nearly $3.9 million. The Rainbow Warriors have three home games remaining, but if the trend continues, ticket sales could fall $500,000 or more short of projections.
Football is the athletic department's biggest money-producing sport. Football ticket revenue accounts for about 12 percent of the $32 million athletic department budget.