Aloha Stadium may replace its FieldTurf surface as early as next year

HSB Note: “Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan said the goal would be to have a new field in place in time for the 2010 football season. The HTA is also looking to bring the Pan-Pacific Championship, an international soccer tournament, back to Honolulu, and a new playing field could be one of the conditions in securing the deal. Chan said the window to have a new field installed would be February to August 2010. If the process can’t be completed in that span, the replacement would likely happen prior to the 2011 football season.”

Trying to get the new turf in 2011, Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan said:
“We may have to wait until 2011, but I’m trying my hardest to see if we can do it before that.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Aloha Stadium hosted the Pan-Pacific Championship in February 2008, with the Houston Dynamo and L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer playing in the event along with teams from Japan and Australia. The tournament featured the return of Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching as well as L.A.’s David Beckham and Landon Donovan. The U.S., Japan, Korea and China were represented in this year’s four-team tournament in Carson, Calif.”

About the Pac-Pacific Championship, HTA chairman Mike McCartney said:
“I think it’ll bring in people from both east and west and coverage in major markets where we want to develop more tourism and in established markets, like Japan. And there’s a great following for soccer around the world. What’s good is the stadium authority and the tourism authority are working together already to make sure we can help each other and get the best possible outcome.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Aloha Stadium replaced its AstroTurf surface with FieldTurf in 2003 at a cost of $1.3 million. The state paid $800,000, with the NFL chipping in $500,000.”


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