War Memorial Stadium (Wailuku, Hawaii)

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War Memorial Stadium
Full nameWar Memorial Football Stadium
LocationWailuku, Hawaii
Coordinates20°53′33.97″N 156°29′19.68″W / 20.8927694°N 156.4888000°W / 20.8927694; -156.4888000
Capacity7,000 in 1969; 23,000 at present
Surfacegrass
Opened1969
Tenants
Hula Bowl, 1998-2005

War Memorial Stadium is a stadium located in Wailuku, Hawaii that opened in 1969 and holds 23,000 people. It is primarily used for American football, and from 1998 through 2005 was the venue for the Hula Bowl, a college football all-star game.[1] When the stadium originally opened in 1969 it held fewer than 7,000 people. It was expanded due to the efforts of the then-mayor of Maui, Linda Lingle, to host the Hula Bowl.[2]

The War Memorial Stadium is also home to the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) High School Football association.[3] The stadium is also equipped with a state of the art 440 yard track, long jump, triple jump, high jump, and pole vaulting pits. In 1972, the stadium was the site of the first State High School Track and Field Championships held outside of Honolulu, chosen in part because of the new state of the art rubberized asphalt surface.

The football field has a grass surface. Plans to replace the grass with artificial turf were abandoned in 2014 when bids came in 50% above the expected $1 million.[4]

Adjacent to the War Memorial Stadium is a 1,500 plus seat Maehara Stadium, that is home to the Maui Interscholastic League Baseball and American Legion Games.

The War Memorial Stadium Complex houses training facilities for H.P. Baldwin High School, Soccer, and Softball Fields, Soichi Sakamoto Pool, and a 2,000 plus seat gymnasium. The complex was dedicated in 1965 to honor the Veterans of Maui County (comprising the Islands of Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i) who gave their lives in service of their country.

The Stadium complex is located on the windward side of the island between the towns of Kahului and the county seat Wailuku, on the Valley Isle of Maui and is adjacent to H.P. Baldwin High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Brandon (January 2006). "Sports: Return of the Hula Bowl". Honolulu. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Kubota, Gary T. (September 4, 1998). "Hula Bowl revenues far short of goal". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Collias, Robert (June 11, 2018). "MIL football set to face teams from Alaska, Arizona". The Maui News. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Maui scraps turf plan for War Memorial Stadium". Hawaii News Now. Associated Press. June 26, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2019.