On April 6 Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle released $10.4 million to cover design and construction costs associated with a variety of scheduled health and safety upgrades at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium.
"These improvements are designed to keep Hawaii's largest outdoor arena safe and comfortable for spectators and participants and ensure its continued operation as the primary host of major sporting and entertainment events in our state," Lingle said in a statement.
Expected to cost more than $19 million, the project has already received more than $9 million in funding from Lingle as part of a $1.8 billion public infrastructure plan the governor unveiled in December.
Some of the planned stadium renovations will include waterproofing, handrail improvements, structural upgrades, concrete repairs and the recoating of corroded steel surfaces. The project's design phase is expected to be complete by October. Construction is planned for March 2010 and scheduled for completion in August 2011.
Home to the NFL Pro Bowl for 28 years running, Aloha Stadium opened in 1975, and although the 2010 Pro Bowl will be played in Miami, the NFL's All Stars are expected to return to Honolulu in 2011.