We are a little more three years away from a drastic, drastic change in Halawa.
Aloha Stadium as we know it now will be no more. Not only that, there will be a new, smaller, 35,000-seat stadium in its place along with what is planned to eventually be a bustling entertainment district. All of this is happening while the massive HART rail project is also coming our way. The first phase the rail — from Kapolei to the stadium — is scheduled to be operational in March 2021.
This is what Aloha Stadium looked like in October, 1975. (Photo courtesy of Alan Straub).
Before Aloha Stadium opened in 1975, big sporting events in Hawaii were held at Honolulu Stadium at the corner of King and Isenberg streets. (Photo from ImagesOfOldHawaii.com).
SOME HAPPENINGS AT THE OLD ALOHA STADIUM (Source: AlohaStadium.Hawaii.gov):
>> A crowd of 32,247 (about 50,000 capacity) comes to support the UH football team against Texas A&I on Sept. 13.
>> The Hawaiians of the World Football League play Jacksonville in the first pro game in Halawa.
>> Brazilian soccer star Pele and the New York Cosmos put 21,705 in the seats for a victory over Team Japan.
>> The San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 17-15 in the first NFL exhibition game at the stadium.
>> A crowd of 48,767 watch USC defeat UH 21-5 in football.
>> The first of 34 Pro Bowl games at the stadium is played.
>> The Aloha Bowl debuts, with Washington defeating Maryland 21-20
>> A Frank Sinatra concerts draws more than 25,000.
The Hawaii Islanders play their final AAA season of minor league baseball in the stadium before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo.
The UH football team makes its first NCAA bowl appearance, losing 33-13 to Michigan State.
>> Michael Jackson plays in back-to-back sellout concerts.
>> The San Diego Padres host a three-game, regular-season series against the St. Lous Cardinals over two days, drawing 77,432.
>> The UH football team beats Boise State 39-27 for the school’s first outright conference championship in front of a school-record crowd of 49,651.
>> The UH football team completes a 12-0 regular season to clinch a Sugar Bowl berth with a comeback 35-28 victory over Washington in front of 49,566.