Revenue streaming via the stadium. Who thought it possible?

May 30th, 2008

Slow day today for Jim Donovan … After Thursday’s announcement of an unprecedented $5 million donation from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation to refurbish athletic facilities on campus, today’s release regarding an Aloha Stadium parking lot deal nets UH a measly potential $100,000 for athletic scholarships. (For those of you who don’t get it, I’m making a joke — $5.1 million in two days is great by anyone’s standards, and cooperation between UH and the stadium? What a concept!)

Actually, Donovan finalized the stadium deal yesterday at the authority’s monthly meeting before heading to Kapolei for the Board of Regents session and press conference to collect the outsized Happy Gilmore-style Ching check.

Donovan had glowing words today for Aloha Stadium.

“In my time period of working with the stadium via the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and my first two and a half months (as UH athletic director) Aloha Stadium’s management and the stadium authority has been as cooperative as any entity. They understand that it’s about making the product viable and better.”

As for the swap meet, don’t expect any miracles, but Donovan and stadium manager Scott Chan have had some discussions about how UH football and the other big-money tenant can “co-exist” (the AD’s word).

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  • hawaii May 31, 2008 at 8:21 am

    glad that JD is trying to raise more money from football games. Wouldn’t they make more money though if they just made all stalls like $15 instead of $5?

  • hammer May 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

    $ 5.1 million in two days??? this is totally awful!!!!! first $ 5 million from the Ching Foundation then another $ 100,000 from the stadium who so happens to be managed by a Chan….that’s totally awful!!!! that’s gonna ruin the reputation of us “pakes” being a bunch of tight-wads!!!!! what next!!!!! i’m just kidding as well dave…….. hahahaha!!!! great to have people of Hawaii stepping up!!! i’m proud to be a “pake”!!!!

  • Warrior Dave May 31, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I’m still pretty confused about the premium parking situation but will be patient and wait to see what the final outcome is.

    I agree somewhat with Hawaii. No matter what the outcome of inner circle parking, the got to raise the price for all remaining stalls. I like paying $5 but towards the end of last season, I couldn’t even get a stall!!

    Good job JD!

    • reggie May 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm

      You know what they should do, if there are 4 people in a car parking would only cost $10 and if there is less than 4 people they have to pay $20. This will raise the money they need plus it will give people more of an incentive to car pool and hopefully open up more stalls.

  • Rich Perez May 31, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Great Article Dave, Good to see everything is working smoothly after the past few years of trouble brewing between the State Reps and the AD. Hawaii has a lot to look forward to in Football for the future…Mahalo my friend, see you at Pro Bowl or UH gamedays.

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