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Aloha Stadium

Hawaiian Airlines field at Aloha Stadium as its formally known is located in a subdivision of Honolulu called Halawa on the island of Oahu. Aloha Stadium is the home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team. It also hosts the NCAA Hawaii Bowl, and has been the home to the NFL's Pro Bowl every year since 1980 except for 2010. The stadium also hosts several high school football games throughout the season. The stadium also serves as the venue for large concerts and other large scale events. There is also a large swap meet in the parking lot every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The stadium is located west of downtown Honolulu and roughly two miles north of Honolulu airport. Constructed in 1975 at a cost of $37 million, it was built as a replacement for the Honolulu Stadium on King street that was demolished in 1976. The first ever sporting event that took place at the stadium was a football game played between UH and Texas A&M Kingsville on September 13, 1975 with 32,247 spectators. The stadiums original design allowed the stadium to be convertible for different sports and venues. It had 4 moveable 7,000 seat sections that weighed 3.5 million pounds that would be moved using air casters into a diamond configuration (for baseball and soccer), an oval (for football), or a triangle for concerts. In 2005 the stadium was locked into its football configuration due to cost and maintenance issues.

In 2003 the stadiums turf was changed from Astro turf to Field Turf. In July of 2011 the surface was changed again to UBU Sports synthetic turf as part of the multi million dollar renovation project. The new surface has 22 sections in 7 locations that can be changed for different teams and or venues. In 2008 the State of Hawaii approved a bill allowing for $185 million for the refurbishment of Aloha Stadium including the upgrades in the scoreboard and video screens in 2010 to go with the new HD capabilities. The Stadium authority also plans to add more luxury suites, replacing all the seats, rust treatments, parking increases, more restrooms, pedestrian bridge supports, an enclosed lounge and more. Some notable events have taken place at Aloha Stadium and here is a list of some of them:

The Police, final stop on their “Synchronicity” Tour 1984 Michael Jackson, HIStory tour, the only US Show and the first to sell out Aloha Stadium Jan 1997
Whitney Houston-Last stop on her Pacific Rim
tour Sold out Concert May 1997

Rolling Stones “Bridges to Babylon Tour Jan 1998

Mariah Carey, Last stop for her “Butterfly World” Tour sold out concert Feb 1998 Celine Dion “Lets talk about love” tour Feb 1999
Janet Jackson's “Velvet Rope” Tour 1999
Broke the stadium attendance record
Janet Jackson's “All for you” also broadcast on HBO 2002
U2's final stop on their “Vertigo” tour Dec 2006 Kenney Chesney and Tim McGraw “Brothers in the sun” tour 2011