New Aloha Stadium design-build RFPs issued


Aloha Stadium update December 2023 Image: Crawford Architects

The Governor of the State of Hawai’i Josh Green recently announced the long-awaited issuance of a design-build request for proposals (RFPs) for the New Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawai’i (US).

‘HAWAII NEWS NOW’ stated that the State believes the public-private partnership will deliver on the big dreams for the area, which include not only a stadium with a minimum of 25,000 seats but nearby hotels and businesses.

The New Aloha Stadium is a 35,000-seat multipurpose stadium that will be built in Halawa, Hawai’i (US). The stadium will be used for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football program, as well as other sports and entertainment events. The stadium will be part of the 98-acre New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED), which will also include a hotel and mixed-use retail.

The new stadium will be smaller than the existing stadium, which has a capacity of 50,000 seats. The stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the 2028 football season Construction will begin in late 2023. The anticipated date of completion for the new Aloha Stadium is 2026. The full build-out of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) is expected to have several phases, which will be completed over the next 10 to 15 years after the new Aloha Stadium opens.

The New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) will be a vibrant, community-centric mixed-use district, anchored by a new sports and entertainment venue, that celebrates Hawai’i’s culture and embodies the aloha (a Hawaiian word that can mean ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’) spirit for the community and visitors alike.

‘HAWAII NEWS NOW’ further stated that after months of debate, the process of picking the Aloha Stadium developer is back on track.

The successful bidder would also manage the new stadium, which could prove a lucrative revenue generator, and oversee development of mixed-use in the surrounding “entertainment district”.

Averred Governor Green, “This is going to benefit our community going into the future. We’re looking forward to having a modern stadium. This is something we’re going to be proud of.”

Brennon Morioka, Chair of the Aloha Stadium Authority Board, said “significant” market surveys were conducted ahead of the request for proposal (RFP) issuance – and officials found a number of interested parties.

A request for proposal (RFP) is a business document that announces a project, describes it and solicits bids from qualified contractors to complete it. In construction, an RFP is a document issued by a project owner to invite potential contractors or vendors to submit proposals for a specific project.

The RFPs are due in Summer 2024 and football would kick off at the stadium in 2028.

The bid winner would get a 99-year lease and development rights on the adjacent 70 acres. The Legislature has appropriated $400 million for the project, not enough even to build the stadium.

Under the State’s plan, the single development team will build, operate and maintain the new stadium – with the ability to use proceeds from commercial and residential development of the Halawa site to subsidize the stadium’s construction and long-term needs, keeping taxpayers off the hook.

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