HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As the University of Hawaii prepares to move its football games to the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, community donations have been pouring in.
UH Manoa Athletic Director David Matlin said that since the announcement of the move, the university has received three large donations that amount to nearly $2 million in private donations.
These donations cover the costs of roughly a third of the $6.1 million project to transform the current complex into a 10,000 seat stadium capable of hosting major college teams.
“We actually have a lot of campaigns going on where we have some meaningful donations. Maybe they’re not in the six or seven figures, but they add up,” said Matlin.
The project also includes the construction of a new field and improvements to the complex’s press boxes, concessions, restrooms and plumbing.
Matlin said that these improvements should be completed in mid-August.
Hawaii News Now asked if this project would be done by the opening home game on Sept. 4.
“Failure is not an option,” said Matlin. He said that he is confident that the basics for hosting a Division One football game will be ready.
Matlin also told a Board of Regents committee that the on-campus field will result in a $3 million profit. This is an increase compared to the $200,000 loss UH saw from playing at Aloha Stadium without fans last season.
The changes made to the complex will also be permanent and available for other sports when football returns to a rebuilt Aloha Stadium.