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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:47 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006

Stadium committee recommends waiving UH rent

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

An Aloha Stadium Authority committee today recommended the stadium waive its rental fees for University of Hawai'i football games starting with the upcoming season.

The amount of rent UH pays — more than $300,000 most seasons — has been an area of concern for the UH athletic department, which has operated at a deficit for four consecutive years.

The Aloha Stadium Authority passed a new rule last December that allows the nine-person organization the discretion to adjust or eliminate UH's rent. The stadium currently charges the school 7.5 percent of gross ticket sales or $10,000 per date, whichever is greater.

In July, Gov. Linda Lingle urged the Stadium Authority to be lenient on its UH football rental fees, and said UH should not be forced to pay stadium usage fees "as much as they do."

UH will still be responsible to pay Aloha Stadium's operational expenses — such as clean-up, electricity, ushers and security — for football games. Operational expenses have totaled more than $400,000 per year.

In addition, the Stadium Authority passed on the final two candidates for the vacant stadium manager position. Instead, Ken Lum will remain as acting stadium manager, and Aloha Stadium Assistant Events Manager Scott Chan was promoted to interim deputy stadium manager.

A committee recommended an additional and expanded search be made for the position. The two finalists, whose names were not made public, would be able to reapply.

Veteran stadium manager Eddie Hayashi retired last October after spending 12 years in the position.