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Hawaii AD Ben Jay Contemplating Ways To Consolidate Seating At Aloha Stadium

Univ. of Hawaii AD Ben Jay said that in light of struggles to sellout Aloha Stadium for UH football games, he "envisions consolidating fans in some areas and removing other sections from use in the 50,000-seat facility to reduce the school's nearly $80,000 per game operating and cleanup costs," according to Ferd Lewis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. Also under scrutiny is "reconfiguring the student sections and expanding the family sections." It would be the "boldest initiative attempted there by UH since premium seating was imposed" in '03. Jay said, "What I'm targeting right now are the upper levels on both ends of the end zone." Lewis noted that could be nearly 15% of the "available seating." While it "isn't as choice as some locations, it does have its hard-core regulars." UH "no longer pays rent at the state-owned and operated facility and doesn't share in concessions revenue, but is charged for cleanup and operational costs." It is "going on six seasons" since the football team last "attracted a sellout" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 3/28).
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