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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 7:38 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006

Stadium will be locked into football configuration

Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

A rule change that will lock Aloha Stadium's moveable grandstands in a football configuration, and another to double swap meet admission fee to $1 for ages 12 and older were signed this month by Gov. Linda Lingle.

State comptroller Russ Saito disclosed the new rules today at an Aloha Stadium Authority meeting, according to Aloha Stadium Authority chairman Kevin Chong Kee.

"It's passed, it's done," Chong Kee said of the new rules.

Under the first rule, the stadium will no longer be able to host baseball games once permanent renovations are made as early as next year.

The stadium will still be able to host concerts, but not professional soccer unless some field seating is removed to accommodate the sport's wider playing field.

As for the swap meet, the doubling of the admission fee to $1 is expected to generate additional revenue of more than $650,000 per year.

The Aloha Stadium Authority is also expected to vote next month on whether to allow the automobile sport of drifting — where drivers maneuver their cars in a controlled slide — in the lower Halawa parking lot, according to Chong Kee.