UH’s 75-Foot Video Board at Ching Stadium Aims to Preserve FBS Status. Ching Stadium, home of the University of Hawaii football, has undergone significant transformations for its third iteration. With the capacity increased to 15,000 seats from a mere 9,000 last year, and the installation of a massive 75-foot-wide video board recently relocated from Aloha Stadium in Tumanoa, the stadium is now up and running. The video board, transported in 64 separate parts, is just one part of a comprehensive $30 million renovation to the Ching Athletic Complex. Alongside this upgrade, an additional 5,650 seats have been added this year, and further plans are in place for phase two, which includes the development of a new track and soccer facility located across the street. These enhancements are essential for upholding the Rainbow Warrior status in college football, as it is imperative for the University of Hawaii to attract an average of 15,000 fans over two years to maintain its Division 1 status.
The new amenities brought by the renovations are expected to significantly enhance the overall fan experience and contribute to drawing sell-out crowds. Officials believe that the pregame activities scheduled in the baseball stadium, designed for fans to enjoy three to four hours before the main event, will help create a lively and engaging atmosphere. The goal is to have the stands pulsating with energy and excitement, as enthusiastic fans rally behind the team from the very beginning. The belief is that this electrifying ambiance will inspire the players, motivating them to perform at their best. The University of Hawaii football team is counting on the passionate support of its fans to bring forth a renewed era of success and glory.
While the current upgrades at Ching Stadium represent a short-term solution, plans for a new Aloha Stadium are already underway, set for construction in 2028. The state had previously spent $16 million on a request for proposals, but progress was hindered when it was scrapped by then-Governor David Eague last year. However, there is renewed optimism for the future, as the state now aims to enter into a contract with a successful developer by mid-2025. In a quest to find the most suitable design, the Hawaii delegation of lawmakers and the stadium authority recently traveled to San Diego, to attend a sports facilities conference and study the newly constructed Snapdragon Stadium for San Diego State. With the potential for public-private partnerships, the University of Hawaii hopes to build a stadium that not only reflects the spirit of the state but also meets the unique challenges posed by the remote island location. Excitement is building as the 2023 home schedule approaches, with season tickets already available for purchase and individual tickets set to go on sale on August 14th. The University of Hawaii and its loyal fan base are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming season and the journey toward achieving new heights in college football.