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New sports field dedicated at University of Hawaii

State Senator Shan Tsutsui State Senator Shan Tsutsui
Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Jim Donovan Jim Donovan

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It's been a long time coming, but Clarence T.C. Ching Field is finally here.

UH chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and athletic director, Jim Donovan joined state legislators and representatives from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation in a dedication early Monday morning.

"This is a prime example of what private public partnership can do and obviously we just try to play our role as legislators and we have good leadership with Jim Donovan, who has done a good job and the chancellor has done a great job, so we're just really behind the university and want to support them" said State Senator Shan Tsutsui.

The multi-purpose facility will be used by various athletic teams, as well as intramurals, and other non-UH events.

One team that will benefit the most is the University of Hawaii Football team, which hasn't practiced on the field since 2003.

"It's just exciting because it gives us the flexibility that when it's raining and the field is muddy that we can come over here and we'll have our Friday practices here", said Warriors head football coach Greg McMackin.

The 1.2 million dollar turf replacement project is the first phase of the Ching Athletics Complex, which also includes a 5,000 seat stadium with locker rooms and offices.

"We are Hawaii's team, we are here for the people of Hawaii, the people of Hawaii helped make this happen, that's what it really comes down to", said UH athletic director Jim Donovan.

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