Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Editorial | Letters

February 5, 2020

Updated 7:07 pm


Two attributes in a new stadium design matter most: a roof over seats and amplifying acoustics.

Aloha Stadium is similar in design to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, in which the acoustics amplify crowd noise and provide that 12th-man effect. Paul Greisemer’s firm designed the Seahawks’ home stadium with a parabolic shaped metal roof covering 70% of the seats — a cantilever design — that reflects sound back down to the field. The steep bowl of seats keeps fans and fan noise close to the action.

We redesign a new stadium every 50-plus years on average. It must offer the home team as much of an advantage as possible.

Von Kaneshiro

Downtown Honolulu