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Study recommends smaller venue to replace Aloha Stadium

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A consultant hired by the state to study the future of Aloha Stadium has recommended “a new 30,000- to 35,000-seat stadium on the lower portion of the stadium site.”

The report, prepared by Foley & Lardner of New York, was unanimously accepted by the Aloha Stadium Authority on Thursday.

“The purpose of the summary is to provide the Stadium Authority with facts and stakeholder opinions so that we can make informed decisions about the future of Aloha Stadium,” authority chairman Charles Toguchi said.

“While the summary includes observations and recommendations from Foley & Lardner, the Stadium Authority has not made any definitive decisions regarding the future of Aloha Stadium, as we look forward to analyzing the summary and soliciting feedback from the public,” Toguchi said.

The 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium opened in 1975 and has undergone numerous renovations.

The study said a new stadium could “save the state between $2.4 million and $3.2 million per year in operating expenses alone.”

The study also stated that a new 30,000- to 40,000-seat stadium, which includes premium seating options and other modern amenities, could be built in Hawaii at a cost of $132 million to $192 million (in 2014 dollars), excluding transportation and related infrastructure.

Toguchi said, “it is important that the Authority review and consider comments from the public.”

The Stadium Authority will host an open house on July 10 to allow the public to provide comments on the summary.

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