Review says Aloha Stadium potentially dangerous
Consultant says upgrades would cost $420 million, recommends new, smaller building
HONOLULU (AP) — A newly released report says the University of Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium is a liability and potentially dangerous to public health and safety.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a structural review of the 43-year-old building was submitted to the Aloha Stadium Authority by a consultant who is recommending a new stadium be built as part of a redevelopment plan.
According to the report, inspections at the 50,000-seat facility have identified pieces of building that have fallen into public areas.
The stadium opened in 1975 with a $37 million price tag. Since 1990, nearly $88 million has been spent on construction.
The report says the state faces $420 million in health and safety repairs, disability improvements and bringing the stadium to current code requirements. Consultants say it would be cheaper to open up a new, smaller facility for about $325 million.