Aloha Stadium, home to the Rainbow Warriors Football team, announced Thursday that it is shutting down all new operations for an indefinite period of time. The shutdown is due to financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as maintenance issues.
University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin reacted to the breaking news on Thursday with disappointment. “We are beyond disappointed of the news at today’s announcement from the Aloha Stadium Authority,” Matlin said.
“We must now take responsibility ourselves to find a suitable venue for our Rainbow Warriors… to play in front of our loyal fans beginning in 2021.”
The butterfly effect felt from the closure reaches many different parts of not only the University of Hawaii, but local sports for Oahu.
The athletics program is heavily dependent on the football program for revenue to fund other sports, and without a stadium to house fans or have a broadcasted football game will dramatically affect the incoming revenue for UH athletics.
This isn’t counting how this will affect the number or quality of athletes coming to the Hawaii football program, but the high school football programs in the state of Hawaii will need to find a new home for the HHSAA Championship game if contact sports resume next year.