Stadium seeks to ease gridlock for UH Warriors season opener

Stadium seeks to ease gridlock for UH Warriors season opener

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 22,000 fans are expected to attend the UH Warriors football home opener Saturday against Tennessee Martin at the Aloha Stadium.

That means heavy traffic prior to kickoff.

"People need to expect delays and know their routes," Aloha Stadium deputy manager Ryan Andrews said.

If you aren't a season ticket holder, you'll have to enter the parking lot through Gate 3. That's the entrance across from the Ice Palace.

The stadium has put new procedures in place to try to speed up the traffic flow into the public parking areas.

"We are going to try something new this year we haven't done before, which is double up on cashiers," Andrews said. "We only have four lanes but we are going to be putting two cashiers per lane, kind of what you see at a Walmart or Target."

There won't be rail work going on but there will be lane adjustments on Kamehameha Highway.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spokesman Bill Brennan said there will be only one eastbound lane open heading toward the stadium.

"We will have at least two lanes open westbound along Kamehameha Highway for after the game because everybody leaves the game at about the same time," he said.

Also, there will be more police to help with traffic management and more digital sign boards stationed farther away from Aloha Stadium.

"As people come from either the east or west they will start seeing our signboards directing them to the gates," Andrews said.

The sign boards will also display when the public parking is full and fans need to use alternate parking sites at Radford High School, Leeward Community College and Kam Drive-In.

"If we have to go 'lot full' we don't want them to continue to drive in towards the stadium where there's more traffic," Andrews said.

After Saturday's game, UH has five more home games.

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