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Millions Sought to Improve Aloha Stadium

One of the walkways at Aloha Stadium, lowered for the stadium's upcoming events, including the Great Aloha Run. One of the walkways at Aloha Stadium, lowered for the stadium's upcoming events, including the Great Aloha Run.

(KHNL)  Work crews at Aloha Stadium are busy this week, changing the facility's configuration to accommodate next week's Great Aloha Run.

That means they must lower the bridges to ground level, store them, then push the stands closer together. But because the equipment is so old, engineers are afraid sections of the stadium will lock and won't move.

"A lot of the equipment have gotten to the point where it's unreliable," said Kenneth Tong, Aloha Stadium Engineer.

They're showing the Aloha Stadium Authority Board the challenges they have so board members can decide what to do with this facility.

The board is thinking about leaving the stadium the way it is and face the risk of it not being able to move one day or leaving it in a football or baseball configuration, which would mean adding seats and realigning the field. One factor they're looking at is what generates revenue.

"What's bringing in the most money right now is football, brings in close to half a million fans a year. When we had to open it up for baseball, it was close to 6,000," said Kevin Chong Kee, Aloha Stadium Authority Chair.

Officials say it will cost $128 million to renovate the stadium. They're asking the Legislature for $25 million for immediate repairs.

The board could make a decision as early as next week.

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