HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state’s Stadium Authority is taking another step toward the eventual redevelopment of Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena.

Stadium officials announced Thursday that they have begun work on an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed new facility, and a outside consultant hired by the authority has already completed an analysis of possible sites for a new stadium.

Unsurprisingly, the site analysis study — completed by the firm Crawford Architects, a group that has helped develop NFL stadium complexes in Minneapolis and Seattle — found that the existing Halawa location would be the best place for a new stadium.

“They have reaffirmed our position that the Halawa site is the best place to move forward with, not only the stadium, but the mixed use development, so we’re very happy about that,” said Ross Yamasaki, Stadium Authority chairman.

The company also examined possible stadium sites on the campuses of U.H. Manoa and U.H. West Oahu, city-owned properties like the Ala Wai Golf Course and Kapiolani Park, and the former Kalaeloa Airport.

“With U.H. Manoa, everyone agrees it would be fantastic to have football on campus on Saturdays, but this facility needs to be a little bit larger and it’s more than just a U.H. collegiate facility for eight games a year,” said Stacey Jones, principal and senior partner at Crawford.



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