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Aloha to Alcohol

Say aloha to alcohol but is that hello or goodbye? It will depend on what the authorities decide after the recent incident that took place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Even as the Honolulu Zoo and other locations contemplate the idea of serving alcohol, the stadium officials have about had it.

A YouTube video stated, “"This is what happens when beer happens,” and the two minute video showed a fight in the stands during the second half of the football game between the University of Hawaii Warriors and Lamar in mid-September 2012. The fight included several Honolulu police officers.

Rockne Freitas is one of the officials who would like to see alcohol banned completely during these games. The Aloha Stadium Authority has the power to impose such a ban, and it tried to back in 2006. Freitas asked the Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan to discuss a possible ban with the Stadium Authority. His view is that, “Anything athletically should be a positive reminder of family and ohana for the university. Negative stuff is not good.” Officials referred to the scene as a fracas and not a fight, saying it came from heckling the opposing team and one group refusing to move back to their section; one tried to hit a police officer and he was arrested.

But a lot of the fans think that alcohol should still be served. They think that people will either tailgate it ahead of time or sneak it in anyway. Some suggested that more security officers should be hired.

It is interesting to note that a sporting event alone is not enough for so many people. If they cannot have alcoholic beverages to drink, then they cannot imagine enjoying the game on its own merits. This same scenario has been repeated in many other college and university stadiums throughout the country. It usually boils down to the fact that those who like to drink – want it available, whereas those who aren’t drinkers – don’t. Among those who consider themselves open-minded –some want to rake in the money, and others would prefer a safe, family-friendly environment where cooler heads can prevail.


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