We’re getting our first look at the turf inside Aloha Stadium since the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team abruptly canceled last Sunday’s game.
A spokesman for the state Attorney General’s office wouldn’t comment on the ongoing legal dispute, but said the only changes made to the stadium include putting up goal posts, taking down signage and restriping the field.
The U.S. Women’s team cited poor field conditions and safety concerns as the reason for cancelling the game.
Tourism officials say this demonstrates a need for a more focused and centralized team to develop sports tourism.
“We have to make sure that if we’re going to be a serious sports tourism center, that we are up to the task with dedicated resources and marketing is what it’s all about,” said Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. “We cannot lose the opportunities that have come our way and the opportunity we have to be on national television.”
Aloha Stadium will play host to the Hawaii Bowl college football game on Christmas Eve, followed by the Pro Bowl NFL All-Star game on Jan. 31.