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Key local figures react to new Aloha Stadium

by: Christian Shimabuku
Posted: Jul 7, 2022 / 03:50 PM HST
Updated: Jul 7, 2022 / 05:42 PM HST

Plans towards building the new Aloha Stadium became official on Thursday, when Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed off on a $400 million NASED (New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District) budget.

Of the $400 million, $350 million is through the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), while the other $50 million comes from the Stadium Development Special Fund to cover expenses for “operations, maintenance and contract costs to developers of the stadium,” according to a media release.

The current goal is for a new developer to be officially selected in the third quarter of 2023, with demolition of present-day Aloha Stadium taking place in late 2023 or early 2024.
A realistic goal for the completion of the new stadium is the end of 2025, in which case the stadium would be ready for the 2026 college and high school football season.

On Thursday, KHON2 spoke to University of Hawaii president David Lassner, Ige, and former UH football associate head coach and current Spectrum color analyst Rich Miano about the prospects of the new stadium, which is expected to have a seating capacity in the 30,000 to 35,000 range. All three expressed optimism, as well as a desire to see the project come to fruition.

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