A new stadium has opened in Maui for the 2018-19 football season.
The $9.5 million stadium will be the second in the state of Hawaii and the third for Maui State University.
“It was a very, very difficult decision,” said athletic director Tom McCartin.
“This was not easy for us.
It was a difficult decision.
We had to make it in a way that we could meet our financial needs, and the fact that we can now say that we’re going to be able to afford the building we have now is a great milestone.”
The team will play home games at the Memorial Stadium at Waikiki, which opened in March.
The Maui Storm played its home games in the new stadium for the first time last season.
“I think it’s going to bring the fans in to Maui, the people who will be coming into the stadium, and hopefully create a new kind of environment for the sport,” McCartins said.
The stadium will house more than 150,000 seats and will have a capacity of 45,000.
“The people of Maui and our community are really excited to have the opportunity to have this stadium and to be in a place where we can be proud of our place in the world,” McCarty said.
McCarty hopes to see a return to Maua as the sport becomes more popular in the islands.
“There is a tremendous amount of support for football, and for football in general, and it’s definitely going to go down in the rankings of what’s happening in our community,” he said.