Aloha Stadium doing away with old turf

Aloha Stadium doing away with old turf

HONOLULU (AP) - Aloha Stadium is upgrading its turf as part of a $1.2 million overhaul that comes six months after concerns were raised that the turf was unfit to play on.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports stadium manager Scott Chan says the overhaul began May 23 and is scheduled to finish up by Aug. 5. He says the new turf system will feature a drainage layer and shock pad upgrade.

Officials say they hope the new field will bring the Pro Bowl back to the stadium. The NFL announced May 31 it was moving the Pro Bowl to Orlando, Florida for the next three seasons.

In December, the U.S. women's soccer team canceled an exhibition game at the venue after players complained of poor field condition. Stadium officials countered that the turf hadn't had any issues.

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