By Sonia Isotov
Starting this fall, local and visiting athletes will enjoy the new state-of-the-art Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
The new UBU Speed Series S5-M turf (reportedly the newest generation of synthetic turf) playing field is part of a new sponsorship agreement between Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Sports Properties, the Stadium’s exclusive advertising representative. The turf will provide more padding with 2-1/2-inch “grass”blades, which allows for improved durability and better drainage.
The multi-year sponsorship agreement includes renaming the field to Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium as well as providing funding for future field upgrades and for University of Hawaii Athletics travel expenses.
“We appreciate Hawaiian Airlines coming forward with its sponsorship of this outstanding new field. We are planning to unveil the new surface on August 11. It’s an exciting time for all the athletes who will be competing this upcoming season,” said Scott Chan, Aloha Stadium manager, in a written statement.
The new field is the centerpiece of extensive renovations being made from top to bottom at Aloha Stadium in preparation for the start of the 2011 Hawaii high school and University of Hawaii Warrior football seasons.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said, “Having a high-quality field is important for our local athletes, and for attracting high-profile events that benefit the community and showcase Hawaii. We are pleased to use funds from our marketing budget to contribute to these much-needed improvements and increasing our support of the home team at UH.”