FIELD OF DREAMS: CONCEPTS UNVEILED FOR NEW STADIUM DISTRICT
When it’s completed, the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) is envisioned as a vibrant mix of housing, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, recreation sites, cultural amenities, green space and, of course, a new stadium to replace the current aging facility. The state has allocated $350 million for the project and seeks to attract developers through a P-3 public-private partnership.
The public is invited to provide feedback on three possible options in the 98-acre footprint. The full build-out will be accomplished in several phases over the course of 10 to 15 years after the new Aloha Stadium opens, with a projected goal of being ready for the 2023 football season. Option A is adjacent to the present stadium, while Options B and C position the new stadium elsewhere on the site. In all cases, stadium activities, such as the swap meet and football games, will continue while construction is underway.
The NASED team has been meeting regularly with O‘ahu Neighborhood Boards and community groups to seek input and keep them informed on the master planning process. Comments and suggestions can be made by going to nased.hawaii.gov. For videos that show aerial views of the three conceptual designs, go to http://nased.hawaii.gov/about/.