Fans battle traffic, lines to see first NFL preseason match-up in Hawaii in 4 decades

Updated: Aug. 17, 2019 at 11:11 PM HST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some 49,000 fans flocked to Aloha Stadium on Saturday to watch the Dallas Cowboys square off against the L.A. Rams in a highly-anticipated preseason game.

It was the first NFL preseason match-up to be played in Hawaii since 1976.

Kickoff took place just after 4 p.m., but fans got to the stadium hours earlier to grab parking and secure their spots in the stadium.

Some fans were in line before 7 a.m. The gates to the parking lot opened early at 10, and turnstile gates to the stadium began welcoming guests at 1 p.m.

At 1:40 p.m., Aloha Stadium took to social media to announce that parking was closed, and fans were urged to park at alternative sites.

One fan wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers cap said he’d gotten there by 8 a.m. Another man traveled from Hilo for the game, getting to the stadium with his family by 8:30 a.m.

Spectators said despite the lines and traffic, things stayed orderly.

“It was kind of hot out there but we were with our families just hanging out on the side of the freeway,” said one woman. “It wasn’t too bad.”

The parking lot was supposed to open at 11 a.m., but officials decided to let vehicles in early.

“A police officer came driving down the wrong way saying that they’re going to open it earlier than

If you were willing to take a short walk, parking cost $10 at a small shopping mall near Aiea Heights Drive. You could also buy a plate lunch or some shave ice there.

It was a fundraiser to get a pa’u queen and her court to next year’s Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.

“We done this for Bruno Mars when he came down for the three or four concerts, and we did a lot,” said Diane Texeira, the pa’u queen. “So I hope we do good today.”

This story will be updated.

Copyright 2019 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.