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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City and County of Honolulu will again provide additional staffing for Saturday’s regular season-ending football game between the University of Hawaii and University of Washington.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “The strong City presence at last Friday’s game between Hawaii and Boise State, combined with Coach June Jones’ call for aloha on the part of fans and cautions about potential traffic congestion, meant that the event was relatively problem-free.  We hope a similar effort this weekend, combined with additional Football Express! bus service, will contribute to another successful event—and a victory by the Warriors.”


            The City will have technicians manually operating traffic signals at key intersections surrounding Aloha Stadium.


            The Honolulu Police Department will have 130 officers for security, 14 more than normal for a UH football game.  About half the officers will be deployed within the stadium and the remainder will be assigned to the parking lot and nearby roadways.  Additional on-duty officers will be on the field after the game.  HPD officers did not make any arrests at last week’s game, but 12 persons were escorted to the stadium security office for unruly behavior.


            The Liquor Commission will send all of its enforcement investigators to the stadium to assist security personnel.


            The Honolulu Fire Department will have two battalion commanders on-site.


            TheBus will schedule 39 UH Football Express! trips to the stadium, about one-third more than last week.  The Football Express! carried 4,100 fans to and from the Boise game, an increase of 50 percent over the Fresno contest and an all-time record for the UH service.  Ridership so far this season has totaled 13,600 (a roundtrip counts as two rides).





Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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