Think About It: Soccer Bawls - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

September 15, 2014

Think About It: Soccer Bawls

It is disingenuous for the City of Honolulu maintenance personnel to act surprised by the dysfunction at the Waipio Soccer Stadium. A portable water polo scoreboard is now in use because the 15-year old original scoreboard is simply not working well. Really? KFVE showed and lamented the quirky scoreboard and its inconsistent bulbs 10-years ago during its coverage of UH wahine soccer, and we were assured then by the Harris administration, as was UH, that the situation would be fixed. It was eventually, but poorly and temporarily.

Until recently, we had a field that was so uneven in spots that a visiting college team almost opted not to play there a few weeks back. Field erosion and rampant weeds take time to develop- this problem didn't appear overnight, but the oversight has been lax such that the embarrassment of a forfeit or a cancellation of games almost took place. Yes, the field is used for many championships and big matches- that's what it's there for. But close it down for four-months to fix the problems- someone's gotta make that call and the surrounding fields work. Someone needs to drive City officials out to the Waipio complex to simply take a look and find the funds now to ensure long-term solutions for this former jewel of a facility which has been home to national and international soccer events.

And now back to that miserable scoreboard. Billboard laws here precluded a willing sponsor, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, from replacing the blue monster with a new scoreboard- not sure about the logic in that move, as the scoreboard can't be seen unless you're actually in the Stadium. So we are left with years of patchwork electrical repairs and new promises at a wonderful facility that deserves better attention more often. Oh, and by the way, UH soccer can't play on the Manoa campus because the refurbished T.C. Ching complex is still too narrow for soccer matches and the new locker rooms there have already had plumbing issues. Why? Oh, we'll get to that someday, too. Think about it…

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