On Oct. 21 it will be 25 years since the Stan Sheriff Center, then known as the Special Events Arena, hosted its first event.
In today’s Star-Advertiser, Cindy Luis recounts that women’s volleyball match between the University of Hawaii and San Jose State (you might be surprised when you’re reminded who played in that match). Also, I have a story about how the SSC came to be, and what it meant in 1994 to a rookie ticket office employee named Dave Matlin, and what he thinks about it today from his perspective as UH athletic director.
It’s the kickoff to a series where starting tomorrow we count down the top ten most memorable events (as voted on by Star-Advertiser sports reporters and editors) at the arena that UH calls the jewel of lower campus. I like to call it “The House That Stan Built.”
Sheriff had the vision for a 10,000-seat arena when others (including a young sports columnist who shall remain nameless) felt a 4,000- or 6,000-seat facility would be more prudent.
This is a huge week for UH football, but we hope you will take a few minutes the next 10 days to take a walk down memory lane at “The Stanley.”