By Dave Reardon
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).