Aloha Stadium project clear major hurdle


Aloha Stadium update July 2022 Image: NASED

The Aloha Stadium project (US) has moved past a major hurdle.

‘KITV Island Nation’ stated that the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, signed the State budget, leaving in place $400-million for financing of the new Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

The New Aloha Stadium is a proposed 35,000-seat multipurpose stadium to be built in Halawa, Hawaii for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football program, starting in Fall 2023.

‘KITV Island Nation’ further stated that State Senator Glenn Wakai informed that the project is now a step closer as the initial funding was not vetoed by Ige.

Wakai hopes in two or three years the stadium could be a reality. Supply chain issue and labor issues are considering factors. There are also further steps ahead, such as an environmental impact statement and an official request for proposals.

Added Wakai, “And here it’s kind of like ‘Shark Tank’. We have three finalists. They will put on their best presentations. The State will make a choice. Whoever that lucky winner is will be able to demolish the stadium, and hopefully by the tail end of 2023 we’ll start construction.”

Prospective tenants have been in discussions, including representatives from the United Soccer League (USL) and Major League Rugby (MLR). Between the two, that would mean 40 dates booked out to complement the handful of University of Hawaii football and high school football games the stadium would anticipate hosting.

Wakai explained that the budgeting represents cash-on-hand as opposed to an attached bond measure and should be appealing to the prospective developer, who would be responsible for financing the rest.

Commented Wakai, “We are gonna have more Bruno Mars concerts, more Guns n’ Roses, more monster trucks – as I mentioned, soccer and rugby, an assortment. [We’ll have] drone racing in the future stadium. Everything is on the table, e-sports as well. We are going to try to embrace the 21st century sports as well.”

NASED project

‘NASED’ stated that the NASED project will encompass the construction of a new stadium facility in addition to related ancillary development that will serve to create a New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) on the grounds of the existing Aloha Stadium site in Hālawa.

The construction of the new stadium facility and ancillary development of the entertainment district surrounding the new stadium would be pursued under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) between the State and a private developer selected through a State Procurement Request for Qualifications (RFQ)/Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

‘NASED’ further stated that the stadium will be downsized from its existing capacity of 50,000 seats to a capacity of approximately 35,000 seats. It will be configured to support a variety of sports and entertainment events, including football, soccer, rugby and other sports that are played on a rectangular field. In addition, concerts, community functions and family-oriented events will be hosted in the facility. The multipurpose stadium would have a comprehensive array of fan amenities and support spaces to market new events, including additional luxurious seating options, more extensive concessions and improved facility circulation.

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