Oahu’s New Aloha Stadium

Long-time home of the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, host of famous artists like Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, and venue for the popular Swap Meet, the Aloha Stadium has been a central feature of Oahu for over forty years. When it was first built, it was a state-of-the-art facility with four moveable sections, allowing the 50,000-seat stadium to be configured to a football, soccer, or baseball field.

But now, the Aloha Stadium is showing signs of aging, code non-compliance, and lack of amenities. The State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) published reports showing the current stadium needs $300 million in health and safety repairs and another $121 million for the stadium to be compliant with ADA laws.

New Oahu Stadium

Instead of putting millions of dollars into repairing the old Oahu stadium, in 2019, the state legislature appropriated $350 million to build a new stadium. The state also plans to partner with a private developer to form a public-private partnership.

This will be more than a stadium – but the project is called the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) and has plans for a live, work, and play community for both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island. The current 98-acre Aloha Stadium site in Halawa will be transformed to include the following and more:

  • a 35,000-seat Aloha Stadium
  • a hotel
  • mixed-use retail
  • a rail station
  • a pedestrian promenade
  • an entertainment district
  • swap meet area
  • a residential area
  • parking

The Aloha Stadium Timeline

  1. Summer 2020 – Master planning process completed.
  2. Summer 2020 – Request for Proposals (RFP) accepted to secure a pool of developer-led teams, from which a developer will be selected to build the stadium.
  3. Summer 2021 – Construction begins.
  4. Fall 2023 – The New Aloha Stadium opens in time for football season.
  5. 2033-2038 – The full build-out of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is expected to have several phases, which will be completed over the next 10 to 15 years after the new Aloha Stadium Opens.

The New Aloha Stadium Building Options

Officials from the NASED have been attending pubic and community meetings over the past months, sharing conceptual drawings of what the new Oahu stadium might look like. These different options show how different locations for the new Aloha Stadium can provoke different development around it. The developers and design teams will explore these options and others before finalizing an ideal design for the new Aloha Stadium.

In all options, it is expected that stadium games, events, and swap meets will continue without interruption.

Option A

This plan tears down the current stadium and reconstructs a new stadium on top of the current site. According to the environmental impact statement preparation notice, the old stadium would be incrementally demolished and replaced, allowing for use of the stadium throughout construction.

Source: Crawford Architects

Option B

The new Aloha Stadium would be west of the current facility. In this scenario, the existing stadium would remain completely operational while the new stadium is being built. The demolition site of the old Aloha Stadium would be repurposed as an outdoor performance venue and community recreation space.

Source: Crawford Architects

Option C

The new Oahu Stadium would be to the south of the current facility. Like Option B, the old stadium would remain completely operation while the new Oahu Stadium is being built. The old stadium site would be reconstructed into a new central recreation space with a grid street pattern.

Source: Crawford Architects

All of the proposed stadium options will offer an array of entertainment - football, soccer, rugby, concerts, community functions, family-oriented events – as well as luxurious seating, extensive concessions, and improved facilities. Whichever option is chosen, residents and visitors can look forward to a new Aloha Stadium in fall 2023.