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University of Hawaii Football Team

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The University of Hawaii football team, also known as the Warriors, pride themselves on having the most welcoming atmosphere of any college sports team in the nation. It may be because when visiting fans travel to watch their team play the Warriors in Honolulu, they are also getting the sun, beach and ohana vibes from just being on the islands.

It may also be that because any visiting teams have to fly a minimum of four hours to get to the game, so the home fans are sympathetic and grateful that they made the journey. In either case, the atmosphere is friendly and full of good spirit both before and during the game.

On Site Tailgating

The University of Hawaii football team stadium, currently called the Aloha Stadium, has upper and lower parking lots, which open on game days at 2.30 p.m. This will sometimes change to 1.30 p.m., when the game is against teams who have a history with UH, to allow more fans to get in to the game.

You are allowed to tailgate in any space once you’ve paid the entrance fee, though security officials are putting a massive clamp down on people parking in one stall and setting up their tent and chairs in another. This has caused many problems in recent seasons, so management has asked fans to make sure that any tailgating equipment goes in front of or behind their vehicle to make sure the maximum number of people can park close to the stadium.

Off Site Tailgating

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If the stadium parking lots fill up or you do not fancy being stuck in downtown Honolulu traffic at the end of the game, the University of Hawaii football team has secured four alternative parking lots throughout the city. Most of these will set you back $5 and give you access to a free shuttle bus to and from the stadium, which starts around 3.30 p.m. as well as giving you free access to the stadium tailgate area. The two exceptions to these are:

  • Radford High School – This parking lot is much closer than the other off site parking lots and so it does not offer a shuttle service.
  • Leeward Community College – Parking is free and spacious here, with room for over 2,000 vehicles. You will however pay a $2 charge for the shuttle bus but the ticket also gives you access to the stadium tailgate area.

The Official Tailgate Party

While setting up your own tailgate in one of the recommended parking lots is good fun, the University of Hawaii football team has recently created the Centerplate Tailgate at the Aloha Stadium. This is located in the upper Halawa parking lot and is a giant covered tent with air conditioning and big TV screens showing all the action from other college and NFL games across the country. You can either get in free by showing your shuttle bus ticket or you can pay $5 on the door if you’re coming in on foot.

Ohana

One of the best reasons to party with the locals when you go to watch the University of Hawaii football team is the feeling of ohana that they extend to everyone. Loosely translated, ohana means family, but in Hawaii, it includes friends and new acquaintances as much as it does to blood relations.

This means that you will receive invites into tailgates and parties, likely including offers of food, drink and a seat. All they ask in return is that you are friendly and open to new experiences and are willing to talk about anything and everything, especially if it is football related. It makes for a great atmosphere at the stadium and makes you want to put into practice when you get back to your own home stadium.








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