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Football matches on campus at Clarence TC. The Ching Athletics Complex is expected to have about 400 University of Hawaii$ 000 per year (Craig T Kojima / Honolulu Star Advertiser)

Football matches on campus at Clarence TC. The Ching Athletics Complex is expected to have about 400 University of Hawaii$ 000 per year (Craig T Kojima / Honolulu Star Advertiser)

This is the estimate of expenses in excess of income for the temporary relocation of Rainbow Warrior football games from the long-standing home Aloha Stadium to the University of Hawaii flagship campus

University officials believe they will have to play three seasons of soccer at a practice facility on campus that needs to be retrofitted so that total financial success could total $ 1 million and potentially fall to taxpayers amid a recession and one overwhelming budget crisis

However, there are concerns that the situation, which was triggered in December when a government agency informed UH that the Aloha Stadium could only be used after a replacement was built, could last longer than three years. p>

“I would think eight to ten years is probably a more realistic range for completing a (new) stadium,” said Regent Benjamin Kudo, a local attorney familiar with land development agreements, construction and government bureaucratic work. p>

“This particular facility (in Manoa), which we consider temporary, could very well be semi-permanent,” said Kudo Matlin and other UH administrators at the rainy meeting. “I would be on the conservative side of your horizons err and make decisions based on a more conservative horizon rather than an optimistic horizon that was obviously given to you ”

The Stadium Authority, a government agency, aims to have the Aloha Stadium at 50000 seats by the end of 2023 in cooperation with a private developer, who has not yet been selected by a, through a new system with 35000 seats on the same 98 hectare site in Halawa to replace the tender process

The agency has stated that soccer games and other events are not feasible this year at Aloha Stadium as revenues have decreased due to COVID-19 and cannot support spending

Matlin also said the redevelopment plan now calls for the demolition of the Aloha Stadium next year, rather than building a new stadium on the property before the existing one is demolished

The Aloha Stadium has been the home of UH football since the facility opened in 1975

UH typically receives more than $ 51 million in annual sales from soccer games at Aloha Stadium, including $ 44 million from ticket sales and seat awards, 700$ 000 in priority parking and additional income from TV, radio, and corporate sponsorship

Matlin said the university is trying to make the best decisions in a challenging, surprise situation

UH is planning to retrofit its Clarence T.C. The Ching Athletic Complex in Manoa is estimated to cost $ 6 million to build the facility for 10000 fans, TV shows and teams suitable

Under NCAA rules, Football Bowl subdivision teams must average 15Actually visit or pay for, 000 or more people per home game, however, the rule is not strictly enforced and it is expected that UH could obtain a waiver due to the exceptional circumstances in which the stadium was taken away

The decision to use Ching Field was made, according to UH officials, after considering options that would include playing all soccer games on the mainland, on Oahu High School soccer fields, and on neighboring islands

Changes are planned for Ching Field, including the expansion of seating capacity from 3585 to about 10000, moving scoreboards and music boxes out of Aloha Stadium, adding a changing room for visitors, installing players’ benches, creating concession facilities, building a press box and bringing in portable equipment to bathroom lawn will also be replaced, but that was planned before the emergency overhaul

“We are not really over-ambitious about what we want to implement for this fall,” UH advisor Keola Cheng told the Manoa Neighborhood Board on Wednesday evening. “It’s really like a bare approach. We’re only trying to get what is essential for that to take into account what the program needs in the short term ”

Cheng said the short period is an important factor as UH’s first home game of the season is on September 4 against Portland State

“UH really had the short end of the racket in terms of trying to plan for the next season,” he said

“I think it will be very difficult, but yes,” Matlin replied. “Sometimes failure is not an option”

Matlin said that certain essentials need to be in place, but that there could be some improvement over the course of the season or in the following seasons

UH said there was a way to enhance the fan experience, especially for students who live on or near campus

Tailgating is an uncertainty Matlin said there might be some sort of controlled tailgate on adjacent sports fields

Matlin also said that head coach Todd Graham has ideas on how to get students on campus to play games that are expected to be played on Saturdays

The university has six home football games this year and six or seven games over the next two years

Some residents in and near Manoa have concerns about the impact of gaming on traffic, although UH said the proposed changes shouldn’t have a greater community impact than previous activities

Diane Chong, a local resident, said during the neighborhood board meeting that due to playing volleyball at the Stan Sheriff Center, which has a capacity of 10300 seats got stuck in traffic for 15 minutes

UH has said that the spring ceremonies on campus routinely take place around Aug.000 people and that on-campus parking more than 10Can accommodate 000 fans

Vince Baldemor, UH’s assistant sports director for external affairs, also said that during times when volleyball and baseball games are being played simultaneously, April 14th000 to 15There were 000 fans on campus

In terms of the financial impact, Matlin expects UH to earn income from games at Ching Field, but the cost is likely to increase the cost by $ 400Will exceed $ 000 per year

This deficit could potentially be met by donations, taxpayers, cost cuts, new revenue streams, or something else, but it will add to what has historically been an annual shortage for UH athletics

UH Athletics is expected to have $ 8 million in losses for the fiscal year ending June, mainly due to COVID-19 Losses in previous years have typically been between $ 2 million and $ 4 million next year, the loss is expected $ 4 is $ 9 million, although it does not take into account all of the costs of the football program


World News – FI – The University of Hawaii estimates that they play 400 each year when they play soccer in ManoaWill lose $ 000