University of Hawaii fans still banned from attending sporting events
After discussion between state and city officials on Friday and this morning, fans are still not allowed to attend University of Hawaii sporting events due to coronavirus concerns.
“Unfortunately, the answer is still no,” Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said following a Zoom meeting this morning with Governor David Ige. The governor was not available for comment this morning.
Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, State Emergency Management Agency Director, Major General Kenneth Hara, Mayor Sam Moku’s Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel from the city and county also attended this morning’s meeting, Blangiardi said.
The request included consideration of next Saturday’s homecoming soccer game against Fresno State and is the latest of several proposals for UH to host fans that have been denied since the government order ended. August. According to the warrant, 10 people are allowed inside and 25 outside during certain Oahu events due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
The restrictions, which were extended for a second 28-day period this week, can be adjusted based on changing conditions, officials said.
The school has hoped to welcome at least a few vaccinated, masked and socially distant student-athlete families and friends at its sporting events, as the number of COVID-19 in Hawaii has declined from a peak in early September.
UH also has a Thursday football game at the Waipio Peninsula Football Stadium and a Rainbow Wahine volleyball game Friday at the SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH has already played without a spectator this season in its first two football games at the Clarence TC Ching complex on campus, its first five home volleyball games on campus, and its home football games in Waipio and on campus.
Each home football game at the 9,000-seat Ching Complex can generate around $ 570,000 in revenue, UH athletic director David Matlin said earlier this month. Volleyball games earn about $ 75,000 each. There is no admission fee to UH football matches.
UH athletes have not played in front of home crowds since spring 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions. Hawaii is the only one of 130 FBS (the highest division in college football) teams not to allow fans to attend home games this season.
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