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Wednesday, June 19, 2002


[ UH ATHLETICS ]



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UH hopes ticket
hikes will raise
almost $1 million

Football, volleyball and
basketball would be affected

Turf survey tomorrow


By Cindy Luis
cluis@starbulletin.com

The financial fate of the University of Hawaii athletics department is in the hands of its Board of Regents.

If the board approves the request to increase ticket prices and the number of seats designated for "premium donation" in football, the department stands to raise an estimated $918,370.

The issue was presented at last month's board meeting but was tabled until this week's session. The board committees meet tomorrow with a vote scheduled for the full board Friday.

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While season-ticket prices would not increase in football and women's volleyball, the cost of individual game tickets would rise for those sports. The athletics department is also seeking to go to a "tier system" in women's volleyball, similar to the one used last season in football where specified games would cost more than others.

Tier I would be assigned to the better quality opponent, Tier II to the next-best quality opponent, and Tier III to the least marketable opponent. For example, a single adult ticket for the lower bowl of the Stan Sheriff Center would cost $14 for a Tier-I match, $13 for a Tier-II match and $12 for a Tier-III match.

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Another request is for a $40 contribution per seat from current season-ticket holders in the lower bowl (below the concourse level) for women's and men's volleyball and men's basketball. New season ticket holders, beginning with the 2002 season, would be required to contribute $100 per seat.

In addition, all season-ticket holders who purchase premium seating would become members of 'Ahahui Koa Anuenue, the umbrella booster organization for all UH sports. There will be designated sections for those who purchase season tickets but who have no desire to contribute to Koa Anuenue.

If the proposals are passed, Koa Anuenue would gain control of a combined 30,000 additional season tickets for the four major sports. This would be part of the Koa Anuenue fund-raising campaign through a reorganized membership program.



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Survey set for tomorrow


By Dave Reardon
dreardon@starbulletin.com

Samples of the under-surface at Aloha Stadium will be taken tomorrow and a geological survey completed Friday, according to Tony Guerrero of the Stadium Authority.

The survey is being done so it can be determined how much work needs to be done to properly install a new playing surface at the stadium, and if it can be done before the start of the football season.

That surface is Fieldturf; the NFL, which plays the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, has requested the surface be installed because players prefer it to the current AstroTurf.

There has been growing concern that the league might take the game -- which has been played here since 1980 -- to another city if the turf isn't installed in time for the game in February. (The Stadium Authority has set an Aug. 2 deadline and Fieldturf CEO John Gilman is not certain he can complete the installation by then.)

Guerrero also said he met with league officials yesterday, including NFL Senior Vice President Jim Steeg.

"We had some good discussions," Guerrero said. "They are sharp guys, and they want to continue to build the league's relationship with Hawaii."

The NFL is in negotiations with Fieldturf and the Hawaii Tourism Authority on how much each entity will pay for the installation. Originally, Gilman quoted $877,500 to put the surface in and the HTA offered to pay $500,000. But it now appears extensive pre-installation work needs to be done at a cost that has yet to be determined.

Also, Larry Price's term as Stadium Authority chairman ends tomorrow. Retired Iolani athletics director Eddie Hamada will become the chairman and Guerrero will be vice chairman, Hamada said.



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