Cameras to capture illegal activity at stadium

Scott Chan
Scott Chan

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HALAWA (KHNL) - It's a growing problem at Aloha Stadium -- security.

But this year, security managers made key additions to tackle this issue.

Aloha stadium may be empty now, but in just a few weeks when the University of Hawaii kicks off its football season, it'll be a packed house.

The stadium manager says they're ready to keep people safe.

Aloha stadium manager Scott Chan is excited about the upcoming football season. But not as excited as the installation of these -- security cameras -- ten of them.

"Over the last few months, we've had inappropriate conduct or behavior, illegal activity so to speak that might've taken place on our property, we need to be a little more accountable in terms as how we supervise or manage our facility," he said.

Up until a couple of months ago, the only security at the stadium was done by security guards. The cameras can zoom in or move around to see any suspicious activity.

"I do know it'll provide us with a huge advantage in terms of responding immediately to situations that we need to address," Chan said.

Chan says the cameras will help secure the stadium for all events that happen there. It'll also help with another big problem at the stadium -- traffic.

"It'll help us go ahead and determine whether or not we need to make changes to the way we flow the traffic into our facility, address any traffic issues that may take place at our gates," he said.

While some fans feel it's an invasion of their privacy, others feel it's a great addition to the stadium.

"Yeah, it feels a little bit safer for the people at the swap meet and also people who come and watch things happening in the stadium, it's more safe for them," Honolulu resident Hogie Dee said.

So why only now? Chan says part of the problem was funding and they also felt it was the right time.

Although permanent security cameras are new to Aloha Stadium, the concept has been there in the past at Pro Bowl games. NFL officials bring in portable ones during the game.