The slower tempo of vaccinations is inflicting the UH to think about the capability limits for UH soccer matches
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – While the University of Hawaii plans a full house in the stands for their first football game at the newly renovated Clarence TC Ching Athletic Complex, a slower pace of vaccinations and an increase in Delta Varian cases could mean the season opens a smaller group.
UH Football is less than two months away from its first home game.
Under Tier 5 on Oahu, major events are limited to 50% of capacity.
To operate at 100% capacity, an event must confirm that each fan is vaccinated or has a negative test result.
Most people assumed the rules would be overturned at the University of Hawaii’s first home game on September 4th, but the governor is now suggesting that there may still be limits.
“It’s not so much the game-time activity that is a problem, but the socializing and interaction before and after events that become super-spreader events,” Governor David Ige said in a Star Advertiser interview Monday.
The governor did not provide any information. And even though $ 8 million was spent on the new stadium, school officials said they would be flexible.
Meanwhile, UH fans are looking forward to cheering from the stands again.
“In a way, I’m jealous of seeing people go to all these sporting events and I want to be at one of them soon,” said Fuchsia Yamashiro.
“If we can allow all of these tourists to come here, we can have our Hawaiian people to support our team,” added UH fan Keali’I Torco.
“Fans are just as important to some of the games, and definitely to the results of some of the games,” said Wayne Coito, founder of Hawaii Sports Fans.
“So I believe we can and should do this safely, but let’s get vaccinated.”
The state could also say aloha to the hula bowl, according to executive director Rich Miano.
Miano said the college all-star game could be moved to Florida after the game was extremely difficult at Aloha Stadium in January.
“With Hawaii Safe Travels and the NFL scouts, 50 of them, NFL coaches, 100 college football players who come from different countries to even come to Hawaii and play in this game,” Miano said. “Now that we can’t know, I think the uncertainty somehow killed this game and moved it to the mainland.”
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