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Volume 26 No. 207
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Univ. Of Hawaii Shares Wish List For New Aloha Stadium Features

Univ. of Hawaii officials laid out a "wish list for its future football home in the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District," and among the items are "luxury boxes, ample parking, enhanced tailgating opportunities and an improved fan experience," according to Ferd Lewis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. The "current projection" is for the $350M facility to open in time for UH's home opener in '23. UH President David Lassner said, "Our goal with the new stadium is that we can structure a different kind of business arrangement with the stadium so that playing a home game is a strong financial benefit to us." Lewis notes UH AD David Matlin has "characterized the new facility as a potential 'game-changer' for UH, which has had limited revenue potential beyond ticket sales in the currently facility." UH and San Diego State are the "only schools in the 12-member Mountain West Conference that did not own or operate their football stadiums" in '19. SDSU "hopes to have an on-campus stadium" by '25. The seating capacity at NASED has "yet to be decided." But Lassner said, "The numbers that have been talked about, typically 25,000-35,000, I think that's OK with me" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 2/21).