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Facilities upgrade big part of state's Sports Development Initiative

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:29 p.m. HST, Oct 15, 2013



Facilities improvement will be a major piece of the state's newly formed Sports Development Initiative, said Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, who will lead the effort.

Tsutsui was appointed today by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to head the Sports Development Initiative.

Its function is to to coordinate efforts throughout Hawaii to improve the state's sports industry.

Tsutsui said he hopes to accomplish this by being a liaison for various stakeholders including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Stadium Authority, public and private universities and sports organizations.

"This is a starting point," Tsutsui said. "We want to bring people together."

The initiative includes working with the HTA in negotiations with the NFL for the Pro Bowl, as well as possible preseason games, Tsutsui said.

Tsutsui said no one issue is a priority. He did, however, say he met recently with University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay regarding UH's situation with Aloha Stadium.

Abercrombie said the initiative will be all-encompassing, including issues such as whether to rebuild Aloha Stadium at its current site or somewhere else, and how such projects will be funded.

There will also be an emphasis on hosting new events.

"We can be an anchor, not just a crossroad or a bridge," Abercrombie said. "Everything from surfing to rugby to baseball. International in scope."






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PokeStop wrote:
Why build another stadium venue in Hawaii? We can't even fill the existing rust bowl to full capacity! With a new coach there's a possibility down the road. Forget about hosting new events, we couldn't even host the Stevie Wonder concert!
on October 15,2013 | 12:57PM
monarch1 wrote:
People sleeping in parks and on the beaches; children trying to study in sweltering classrooms; families struggling with expensive, insufficient, or non-existent healthcare- but we're gonna have great sports events and facilities , that's for sure. I weep for our Aloha state.
on October 15,2013 | 01:20PM
Kuokoa wrote:
We had a AAA baseball team that played in Aloha Stadium but that went belly up. We can't even fill the stadium when UH plays. Oh yeah, they are losing! Get real Troll!
on October 15,2013 | 01:45PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Here we go again, adding another layer of buraucracy to government. What's that, about $15 million a year? Must be an election year coming up, get those funds for favors given.
on October 15,2013 | 02:12PM
hon2255 wrote:
Aloha Rust Bucket must be demolished, constant money drain due to corrosion, 50k seats not needed, over kill, we need just a 35k stadium in town to draw a crowd, on campus where the practice fields are or at the Ala Wai.
on October 15,2013 | 05:14PM
syhud wrote:
Here we go again. State is so dirt poor all we can do is improve facilities.
on October 15,2013 | 05:32PM
islandsun wrote:
These lousy politicians should stick to what they do best, carving up the aina and making a buck for themselves in the process. Don't be wanabee sports promoters and make fools of yourselves.
on October 15,2013 | 05:47PM
whs1966 wrote:
I nevah know we get one sports industry.
on October 16,2013 | 05:01AM
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