Attorney: Aloha Stadium turf inspection finds flaws
HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Less than a week after the U.S. Women's soccer team canceled their Hawaii appearance, state officials on Friday opened the Aloha Stadium to the local media for inspection.
Stadium officials insist that the field is safe for soccer, but one attorney who also reviewed the field said that many of the soccer team's concerns about the field were warranted.
"The field was just a mess, there was filler on all of the seams that has the pebbles that were noted by the team," said attorney Brandee Faria.
"There's large segments of patches from a couple of feet to ten to twenty feet complete with seams either being raised or having gaps."
Faria and her partner, John Perkin, are suing the Stadium Authority and the U.S. Soccer Federation on behalf of several consumers who lost money when the game was called off.
She said the seams or gaps are in the middle of the field and next to the north and south goal lines.
While it's not a problem for high school or intermediate athletes. She said it's a danger for world-class soccer players, who are faster and more prone to suffer serious injuries when their cleats get stuck.
"It's injuries, upon injuries waiting to happen," she said.
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