The Rainbow Warriors won’t be looking far for their temporary home, as TC Ching Athletics Complex on the Lower Campus of the University of Hawaii prepares to host games for the 2021 season.
The Athletics Department is working with the UH Manoa Office of Project Delivery to design plans to increase seating capacity of the complex, as well as general upgrades of the field. These include improving the turf, installing a new scoreboard and speaker system, upgrading the press box and other amenities needed to host Division I college football games.
The announcement comes after the surprising closure of Aloha Stadium after the football season finished. This shocked not only the fans but the University of Hawaii officials as well. But Athletics Director David Matlin didn’t let the announcement stop looking for positives during this pandemic.
“The recent announcement regarding the limitations of Aloha Stadium… has created an opportunity,” Matlin said. “There is a lot of work and collaboration to be done… but we are extremely excited about this opportunity and see enormous potential in playing on-campus for the first time in [UH] history.”
The Rainbow Warriors only played in two venues in the last century, in Honolulu Stadium in Mo’ili’ili and Aloha Stadium in Halawa.
Other plans for UH included flying to Maui and using the War Memorial Stadium, a plan Mayor Mike Victorino of Maui suggested. However the plan would have required much financial help from UH to upgrade the field to Division I standards.