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Authority to hear new report on aging Aloha Stadium


    Aloha Stadium, which opened in 1975 at a cost of $37 million, has a seating capacity of 50,000.

The Aloha Stadium Authority is expected to hear updated details of the deterioration of the 42-year old facility, its escalating price tag for repairs and a consultant’s recommendation that it be replaced by an adjacent new, smaller stadium.

The 11-member authority is scheduled to receive the reports at its Wednesday morning meeting, according to the posted agenda. A press conference is to follow, according to a media advisory issued this morning.

The media advisory said the Stadium Authority will, “..share, for the first time, findings and conceptual renderings from a report commissioned to analyze property development opportunities and options to keep Aloha Stadium or build a new stadium.”

The appointed, volunteer authority is not bound by the reports but they are expected to provide a baseline for a committee charged with drawing up and soliciting requests for proposal from potential developers and provide updated information for legislators and the governor who will decide the future of the aging facility.

The report, which is said to number nearly 500 pages including a detailed structural review, is being presented by the New York-based firm Foley & Lardner, which was commissioned by the state Department of Accounting and General Services to provide a detailed assessment and recommendations.

The studies come as the stadium prepares for a place on the new rail line and officials look into the possibilities for transit-oriented development.

Aloha Stadium, which opened in 1975 at a cost of $37 million, has a seating capacity of 50,000. In January the authority issued a resolution recommending consideration of a stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000-40,000 seats within the 98-acre parcel where the current stadium is situated.

A separate study commissioned by the University of Hawaii athletic department in 2014 recommended a 30,585 seat multi-purpose facility but was not site specific.

Estimates of the cost for a new stadium have run from $200 million to $350 million, depending on what it is built, the size and when it is shovel ready.

Meanwhile, the state has been sinking millions in basic health and safety repairs into the rusting edifice until a final decision is made. The current biennial budget calls for $10 million in repairs over the next two years to keep the facility operational.

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