New Aloha Stadium cost to stay ‘under $500 mn’


Aloha Stadium update March 2023 Image: Crawford Architects

Recently, the Hawaii Governor (US) Josh Green reportedly said the future Aloha Stadium will cost “under $500 million”.

‘YARDBARKER’ stated that the project, which could also include an entertainment district and private residences for the surrounding area, was previously estimated to cost $440 million. It will include 35,000 seats – 15,000 less than the old stadium.

The US State of Hawaii will be putting up 350 million dollars to build the new Aloha Stadium, and it will be located in Halawa, Honolulu. It won’t just be a stadium but also an entertainment district that will include a hotel, rail station, mixed-up retail, an area for residential homes, and the 35,000-seat Aloha Stadium. Construction for the new Aloha Stadium is set to begin late this year, and the opening of the new stadium is sometime in 2026. The entertainment district is on a different schedule and will be completed somewhere between 2033-2038.

The 50,000-capacity old Aloha Stadium is a closed multipurpose stadium located in Halawa, Hawaii, a Western suburb of Honolulu (though with a Honolulu address). It is the largest stadium in the State of Hawaii. As of December 2020, the stadium ceased fan-attended operations indefinitely, and placed a moratorium on the scheduling of new events.

‘YARDBARKER’ further stated that Green said the local Government will have to agree on a blueprint for the project in the next month or so, and that the fate of a potential housing complex could depend on “cooperation” from the US military, which controls a significant amount of land in the State.

Unlike other stadiums nationwide, taxpayers wouldn’t have to foot the bill – naming rights could fund the project – but there isn’t a National Football League (NFL) team or ownership group to bear most of the cost.

The former Aloha Stadium was a cornerstone of football – it hosted the annual NFL Pro Bowl for many years and was the home stadium for the University of Hawaii.

New York (US)-based the National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that consists of 32 teams, divided equally between the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The NFL is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada and the highest professional level of American football in the world.

The NFL Pro Bowl is the league’s All-Star game that takes place the weekend before the Super Bowl (final playoff game of NFL) each year. The game used to happen at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, before being relocated to Orlando, Florida, in 2017.

The new venue will aspire to youth and communal use, as well as opportunities for U.S. soccer and rugby, Green said. It could also host non-sporting events like concerts.

The stadium itself is slated to be finished for the 2026 season.

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