Honolulu Star Advertiser
What lies behind the Curtain…..
“The $51 million renovation of Aloha Stadium will be unveiled for UH’s season opener against USC”
To folks who work in and around it and motorists who zip past it, the 10-story plastic sheeting that covers sections of Aloha Stadium has come to be known as “the shower curtain” or “the drapes.”
The presence of the silver shroud these past six months has given the state’s largest multipurpose athletic facility peeking out from behind it a hint of mystery.
All seemingly in keeping with the lore of a place conceived in controversy, christened with a “curse” and born to a life of extensive — and expensive — repairs.
The $51 million question — what lies behind the “curtains?” — will be answered when the University of Hawaii opens its season Sept. 2 against Southern California on ESPN.
“I think you’ll see great improvement in our facility,” said Scott Chan, stadium manager. “The Legislature has been very supportive of what we’re trying to do.”
Among changes for the stadium’s 36th year of operation, according to officials:
» a new LED “Aloha Vision” video board
» touches of “Warrior green” paint
» a whole sideline of new seats in the orange level of the mauka side
» repaired steps and new hand railings
» “reduced bounce” pedestrian bridges
» a new roof
» reinforced structural framing
» a new south plaza concession stand
“The health and safety of our guests remains our first concern, so that’s where a lot of the initial work is concentrated,” Chan said.