State holds meeting to decide the fate of Aloha StadiumUPDATED 10:43 PM HST Jul 10, 2014Video Transcript
The clock's ticking down on a decision for what to do with the aging Aloha Stadium. Tonight the state made a last call for anyone to voice an opinion on the matter. KITV4's Brenton Awa was at the meeting .. And has more. 41 116 143 From the Pro Bowl ... NATS "..." To Friday night lights... NATS "..." Sell out concerts ... NATS "..." To the home of UH Football. Aloha Stadium's been the host to some of the states largest events since 1975. But like a pro player past his prime ... This stadium's showing it's age. And the cost to keep it in the game for the next 5-to-7-years is a whopping 120-million- dollars. 739-759 "THE FACILITY IS AGING, COST IS RISING, WE HAVE PROJECTS COMING UP WITH HART. WE NEED TO GET AN EXPERT OPINION ON GATHERING THE FACTS AND GIVING US AN IDEA OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE." Those facts have been gathered... The recommendatio n... Build a new stadium at a cost somewhere between 132- million to 192-million dollars. It would sit in the lower stadium parking lot and be roughly 30-percent smaller than the current facility. While many agree something has to be done... Not everyone agrees on what that something should be. 1959 "I PLAYED IN THE ROSE BOWL IN 1952 AND THE STADIUM WAS IN GOOD CONDITION AND I DON'T SEE WHY THIS STADIUM CANNOT LAST LONGER THAN IT IS NOW." The stadium could last... But is it worth it. A new one would save the state up to 3-point-2-million dollars a year in operating costs. These visitors from Philly have already seen their old stadiums torn down -- then rebuilt -- and they say they've never looked back. 2245 "THEY TORE DOWN THE VET WHICH HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE I WAS A KID. IT WAS A UNIQUE STADIUM, IT'S BEEN AROUND FOREVER BUT IT WAS OLD AND OUTDATED. THE NEW STADIUMS THAT THEY BUILT ARE JUST AMAZING STADIUMS." Tonights meeting at the stadium was put on because just last month the stadiums board of directors voted to accept the study that recommended a smaller stadium be built. The state's still in the early stages of decision making. Stadium management says tonight was the last chance to hear from the public. Now they're moving on to analyze all of the data they collected.