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March 23, 2015

Think About It: Stadium Stagnation

The time has come. Actually, the time came a number of years back, but it's now more obvious than ever- something needs to be done, in a big way, with Aloha Stadium. One option is to retrofit and modernize the existing facility for health and safety reasons along with improved aesthetics, while another option calls for tearing down the 40-year old structure and rebuilding a 35,000 seat stadium with luxury boxes and other modern amenities found in the 21st century arenas. Any option will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Whatever is decided, let's hope it is decided upon soon, as perhaps a public-private partnership can be established to figure out how best to use the Halawa site, taking into account possibilities being floated about that would address much needed increased parking, a retail area, possibly a hotel or condo development, and engineering coordination to take advantage of the rail flow through the area.

Paying $200 million just for upkeep and minor upgrades does not seem wise or attractive to prospective attendees of events at Aloha Stadium, whose management does a fine job making ends meet and swap meets. A new Stadium and a revived football program, sprinkled in with concerts, special sporting events, and high school football could make the Halawa corridor come alive again. But please, let's not keep commissioning reports and studies as we keep pushing much-needed resolution on this project down the crumbling road, alongside the 

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