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August 18, 2011

Think About It: Changing Seats

There will be lots to see at the newly refurbished Aloha Stadium this season. Whether you attend high school or UH games, you should notice the completed new roof, new roof paint job, synthetic turf, Hawaiian Airlines field logo, new support beams, plus changes in the concession areas (including some possible pricing reductions), and a whole bunch of new orange seats. Together with the million-dollar scoreboard that was introduced a year ago, you can see that lots of progress has been made to this 36-year old monolith.

I remember my first tour of the stadium back in June, 1977, when I was just hired as PR director for Team Hawaii of the old North American Soccer League. I marveled at the size and scope of the stadium and naively asked how many parking spaces there were. When told that there were 8,000 parking slots, I commented how tough that might be with 50,000 people. The response from my seasoned hosts was that the average number of people per car would be 4.2, so it shouldn't be an issue most nights, and it all made sense; except that it wasn't true. The stadium doesn't get 4.2 people per car. People here simply don't travel that way.

So once again this year, people should plan to double up, take a convenient bus, or go to adjacent lots. But don't miss the action on the field and around the field. And don't get there late on a big college game day, only to see the depressing "lot full; seek alternate parking" sign blasting its bad news at you. You can get around this problem if you care enough. After all, it's been this way for 36-years. With eye-catching Aloha Stadium renovations and an exciting football season ahead, check out the action live and in person with 3.2 friends. Think about it…

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