Installation Of FieldTurf Underway At Aloha Stadium
(Honolulu-AP) -- State officials broke ground yesterday at Aloha Stadium, marking the start of the one-point-three million dollar installation of a new artificial turf. Crews began removing the four-year-old AstroTurf to install an artificial grass called FieldTurf, which was requested by the NFL.
The NFL and FieldTurf will pay 500,000 dollars for the new surface. The Hawaii Tourism Authority, which had promised the NFL in a contract to replace the stadium's AstroTurf, will pay 500,000 dollars from the state's tourist tax. The Legislature will be asked to approve the remaining 300,000 dollars. Installation is expected to be completed in late May.
The NFL and Hawaii football coach June Jones have lobbied for years to replace the AstroTurf for years, saying it leads to more injuries.