Aloha Stadium is a stadium located in the Halawa CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Currently Aloha Stadium is home to the
Hawai i Warriors
football team (Western Athletic Conference,
It has also been home to the National Football League
's Pro Bowl
since 1980 and the NCAA
's Hula Bowl
from 1975 to 1997 and again in 2006. It
also hosts numerous high school football games during the season,
and serves as a venue for large concerts and events. A swap meet
in the stadium's parking lot every
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday draws large crowds. Aloha Stadium once
served as home field for the AAA
Hawai i Islanders of the Pacific Coast League from 1975 to 1987
before the team moved to
west of downtown Honolulu and two miles north of Honolulu
International Airport, Aloha Stadium was built in 1975 at a cost of
$37 million. It was intended as a replacement for the
Stadium on King Street, demolished in 1976.
sporting event ever held at Aloha Stadium was a football game
played between the University of Hawaii and Texas
A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) on September 13,
The crowd was 32,247.
Aloha Stadium could be reconfigured into various configurations for
different sport venues and other purposes, and was the first
stadium in the United States with this capability. Four movable
sections, each 3.5 million pounds and with a capacity of
7,000, could move using air cushions into a diamond configuration
for baseball (also used for soccer), an oval for football, or a
triangle for concerts. A 2005 study by Honolulu engineering firm
Elstner Associates, Inc.
determined that the stadium required
$99 million to be completely restored and an additional $115
million for ongoing maintenance and refurbishment over the next 20
years to extend its useful life. In January 2007, the stadium was
permanently locked into its football configuration, citing cost and
There have been numerous discussions with State of Hawaii lawmakers
who are concerned with the physical condition of the stadium. There
are several issues regarding rusting of the facility, several
hundred seats that need to be replaced, and restroom facilities
that need to be expanded to accommodate more patrons.
In early 2007, the state legislature proposed to spend
$300 million to build a new facility as opposed to spending
approximately $216 million to extend the life of Aloha Stadium
for another 20–30 years. The new stadium would also be used to
lure a potential Super Bowl
to Hawaii in
the near future, possibly for 2016.
One council member has said that if immediate repairs are not made
within the next seven years, then the stadium will probably have to
be demolished due to safety concerns. In May 2007, the state
alloted $12.4 million to be used towards removing corrosion
and rust from the structure.
Expansion and Improvements
In 2003, the stadium surface was changed from AstroTurf
(which had been in place since the
stadium opened) to FieldTurf
In 2008, the state of Hawaii approved the bill of $185 million to
refurbish the aging Aloha Stadium. The Aloha Stadium Authority
plans to add more luxury suites, replacing all seats, rusting
treatments, parking lots, more restrooms, pedestrian bridge
supports, enclosed lounge, and more. There is also a proposal that
would close the 4 opening corners of the stadium to add more
In , a three-game regular season series between Major League Baseball
's St. Louis Cardinals
and San Diego Padres
was held at the stadium.
The series was played in with a doubleheader
on April 19 and a
nationally broadcast (ESPN
) game on April 20.
the Padres had played an exhibition series against the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League.
Aloha Stadium has also been used for large-scale concerts
, including The
in their final US concert on their Synchronicity Tour
in 1984, Michael Jackson
's HIStory World Tour
in 1997 - his only US
shows that decade, Whitney Houston
ended her "Pacific Rim Tour" with a sold-out concert on May 28,
1997, The Rolling Stones
Bridges to Babylon Tour
1998, Celine Dion
on her Let's Talk About Love Tour
1999, and the final shows of Mariah
's Butterfly World
in 1998, , the final stops on U2
in 2006 and Janet Jackson
's All for You Tour
in 2002, which was
broadcast on HBO
as well as her 1999 Velvet Rope
World Tour which broke stadium
Stadium hosted the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship (February
20-23, 2008), a knockout soccer tournament, involving four teams
from Japan's J-League, North
America's Major League
Soccer (MLS) and Australia/New Zealand's A-League.
Aloha Stadium is also the venue for five public high school
graduation ceremonies. Radford High
School, Mililani High
School, Aiea High
Campbell High School, and Pearl City High School hold
their graduation ceremony at the stadium in early
Popular culture fiction
- Aloha Stadium is one of the settings of the movie Lilo and Stitch.
- The 1980s television drama Magnum,
P.I., shot on location in the Honolulu area, also made use
of the stadium for shooting.
- The ABC television drama Lost,
shot on location on Oahu, used the stadium during a flashback
episode for the character Jack.
- " Halawa CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census
Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
- Aloha Stadium Swap Meet "About Us" page, alohastadiumswapmeet.net