The University of Hawaii football team is gearing up to take on nationally ranked Fresno State this afternoon. A game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. Since its the only college game being played today that may mean football fans across the country will be watching. But it also means an early kick-off at Aloha Stadium, which brings up worries over attendence at the Warriors' game.
Change in game time will make it hard for Hawaii fans to get to Aloha Stadium. But Warrior head coach June Jones has a solution, "I'd like to see us declared everybody out of work at noon and hopefuly that'll work. We'll get some people there, get a good crowd and it'll be a fun afternoon."
Well, the Governer did not declare it a half day of work on Friday, and since the schedule change, the University has had to refund about 10 thousand dollars in tickets. But sales have picked up this week, according to Assiociate Athletics Director, Jim Donovan.
"The stadium let us know that things are pretty brisk. Things are busy, people continue to come up so as of yesterday afternoon the stadium said they felt like there'd be around 35 to 36 thousand people so that's nice. I'd love to see it get over 40."
Some of the faithful warrior fans who regularly go to the games on Saturday can't make it down this afternoon.
Warrior fan Marty McClain says, "I have my own business and I have to work so I've got a full schedule tomorrow but the game's going to be on at work and we're going to watch it. Just can't make it out there that time in the afternoon."
For others, football fits better into their schedule.
"Well, I'm in business for myself so I don't have a problem getting away, says UH fan Ray Sweeney. I have to deal with the boss and since the boss is me I can either call in sick or I can make a determination that I've got a client out at Aloha Stadium."
As for the players, having the game on a Friday afternoon as opposed to a Saturday night will be something new. But it doesn't change their attitude.
Linebacker Chris Brown says, "I think we're ready to go anytime of the week, but I think it's going to be a little bit different and maybe a little change for us. I think it'll be fun actually."
Kickoff is set for 4p.m. at Aloha Stadium. To ease parking and rush hour traffic issues, parking at the stadium will open at 12:30p.m. The game will not be broadcast on KFVE but be sure to tune into our live tailgate party broadcast, beginning at 3p.m.