Venue News: Aloha Stadium Future in Flux

The future of Aloha Stadium has long been a hot topic, but the heat was turned up a notch during Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s first State of the State Address when he recommended to stop spending any more money to fix the aging facility. Aloha Stadium in Honolulu will take center stage Sunday with the 2011 Pro Bowl. What happens after that is truly up in the air. “This is a perfect time to take a look at this issue once again and make a decision once and for all whether we’re going to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into an aging facility or whether we’re going to consider building a new facility,” said State Rep. Mark Takai…

..A $152 million project to renovate the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, has started. A groundbreaking ceremony this week kicked off the effort that will widen tunnels and is designed to improve the concourse, scoreboards, and video boards. More restrooms and concession stands, a museum, and press-box upgrades are also part of the plan for the stadium, which hosts the Rose Bowl game and is UCLA’s home field. Mayor Bill Bogaard said Pasadena committed to the project to ensure that the stadium remains an icon of the sport. Work on the Rose Bowl, which was built in 1922, is scheduled to continue into 2013…

…Less than a week after e-mailing thousands of fans save-the-date notices, the Houston Dynamo postponed the groundbreaking ceremonies that were scheduled for last weekend at their new stadium’s site. Because the City Council has not yet voted on the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) that is part of the inter-local agreement between the county and city, the Dynamo’s owners weren’t comfortable proceeding with the ceremony even though Councilman Mike Sullivan and other city officials were confident that everything will be approved. “This date was a moving target from the day we penciled it into the calendar,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti…

…If you’ve ever wished you could put one of those cramped seats from the old Amway Arena in your living room, you’re in luck. On Feb. 12, Orlando and the Magic will auction off everything in the team’s old home court, from Dwight Howard’s locker to the scoreboard and the arena’s seats. The auction will feature Magic memorabilia, such as game jerseys from Bo Outlaw and Patrick Ewing, a dry-erase board with stats from the 2010 NBA Playoffs, and lockers and carpet from the locker room…

… A major benefactor to the University of Connecticut wants the school to return $3 million in donations and remove his family name from its football complex because he says he was shut out of discussions about the selection of a new football coach. Robert Burton, CEO of Greenwich, CT.-based Burton Capital Management, said in a Jan. 19 letter to UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway that his opinions were ignored and he did not support the way Paul Pasqualoni was selected as coach.