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Abercrombie looks to attract more sporting events to Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:30 p.m. HST, Oct 15, 2013

Hawaii state officials plan to push for more sports on the islands, working to attract new events and expand existing competitions to generate money and exposure. 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said at a news conference today that the state is an ideal host for yachting, rugby and soccer competitions, as well as a good training ground for teams from Asia and elsewhere.

Abercrombie said the sports development initiative is part of Hawaii's efforts to be an anchor for the Pacific region, not just a bridge between Asian countries and the U.S. mainland.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is leading the initiative. Tsutsui says he plans to work with Aloha Stadium to consider development options. He says he can also work with the Hawaii Tourism Authority on the Pro Bowl.

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syhud wrote:
Uh, Gov. Maybe we should first try to build updated sports venues. Then we can compete with other cities.
on October 15,2013 | 03:57PM
primo1 wrote:
I'm sure we can attract all kinds of sporting events with that world-class facility called Aloha Stadium.
on October 15,2013 | 04:03PM
niimi wrote:
My understanding was that all those new structural bracing put in during the Lingle Administration was to support the construction of luxury box suites. However, in the grand scheme a complete rebuild is needed to properly design for a club level complete with restaurants. Texas stadium and other smaller arena venues design shopping malls as part of the structure so that when events are held that the restaurants are cordoned off as exclusive to the stadium facility but otherwise accessible. With the rail project virtually a go without impediments, the rail does traverse the stadium property. It follows that perhaps a combo shopping, dining and stadium facility be developed. Perhaps even moving the Blaisdell Center operation to be on-site with the stadium.
on October 15,2013 | 05:42PM
kauai wrote:
How about also attracting more technical and technology related endeavours to Hawaii? That way our future generations of people will have well paying jobs to cope with the higher cost of living here and not have to immigrate to the mainland thereby creating a "brain drain".
on October 15,2013 | 04:03PM
Graham wrote:
After bashing the NFL re: the Pro-Bowl...how many Sports Associations will be rushing to Hawaii???
on October 15,2013 | 04:14PM
poipoo wrote:
Was just thinking the same thing. Uh, Gov? I thought you said 'gay' marriage would bring more $$$ to HiI than the Pro Bowl? How misguided you are.
on October 15,2013 | 05:22PM
niimi wrote:
Foot in Mouth disease.
on October 15,2013 | 05:42PM
9ronboz wrote:
on October 15,2013 | 10:20PM
lopaka1002 wrote:
on October 15,2013 | 04:19PM
nippy68 wrote:
yuuuuuuup!!!!! f#$%ing funny LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on October 15,2013 | 05:07PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
Not going to happen. They can't even do that UH sports. And barely keeping Pro-Bowl on the island. what about saving us from embarrassment... That Aloha Stadium is embarrassing, even third world country could afford a better and good looking stadium.
on October 15,2013 | 04:54PM
poipoo wrote:
Pretty much anything @ the Aloha Stadium should be called the Rust Bowl.
on October 15,2013 | 05:25PM
niimi wrote:
Tattoo had to do something after his bout with foot in mouth disease to the NFL about the Pro Bowl.
on October 15,2013 | 05:38PM
islandsun wrote:
Now stick to what your good at.. ..carving up the aina. But stay out of sports promotion.
on October 15,2013 | 05:44PM
st1d wrote:
bowling, curling, horseshoes. you can just see these games that the governor can act as facilitator for.
on October 15,2013 | 06:55PM
huponews wrote:
It's time to do a lot of new things: like turning the stadium and all the operations over to the University.... students need to run the daily operations from: parking, concessions, clean up etc. Undergraduate, workstudy, financial aid, apprentiship will do all the daily operations and special events. This type of operation has been going on at the high school level for over 40 yrs.... preping students to run their own business....give the students of Hawaii their chance.....the state would assist in financial assistance on maintenance of the facility.. mainlanders can do it, why can't we!!
on October 15,2013 | 07:50PM
username_required wrote:
Running for re-election much?
on October 15,2013 | 08:18PM
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