Sheriff Center marks 20 years today, ceremony Friday; UCSB at 4 p.m.

From UH
Twenty years ago this week, the Stan Sheriff Center hosted its inaugural University of Hawai`i sporting event and became the “Home Of The ‘Bows.”

On Oct. 21, 1994, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team defeated San Jose State in four sets (15-4, 12-15, 15-2, 15-6) as the arena was successfully dedicated.

On Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., UH will commemorate 20 years of sports and special events in the arena by hosting a women’s volleyball match against the alma mater (Cal Poly) of the man whose name adorns the building, Stan Sheriff, the former UH athletics director (1983-92) who spearheaded the construction of the arena before passing away in 1992.

A special on-court ceremony will be held at intermission of Friday’s volleyball match to commemorate the arena’s 20 years of serving as a sports and entertainment venue for the people of Hawai`i.

Also, in honor of the occasion, the H-Zone store in the Stan Sheriff Center will offer 20% off on all apparel beginning at 6 p.m. (when the arena gates open) and extending through the end of the match. The discount can’t be combined with other promotions or discounts.

The Stan Sheriff Center, rightfully named after the man who lobbied for its construction, has served as the home of the UH men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams and hosted several memorable events during the past two decades.

The arena has a capacity of 10,300, making it the largest venue in the Big West Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The arena stands 113 feet tall and is capped by an aluminum dome. The two concourse levels cover a total of 187,000 square feet.


  1. Cindy Luis October 21, 2014 4:14 pm

    as mentioned on other threads, VB Sunday is at 4 p.m. to accommodate UCSB travel

  2. warriorfan October 21, 2014 7:21 pm

    Just noticed on volley talk, Joe Worsley ,the youth national team starting libero just committed to UH. Kanetake and Namahoe will have serious competition in 2016!

  3. islandman October 21, 2014 8:16 pm

    Also, on Oct. 26, Sunday, the Wahine basketball team will have their green and white scrimmage at about 7:00 pm , after the VB match .

  4. Cindy Luis October 21, 2014 9:16 pm

    the green-white time is fluid. depends on how long the volleyball match takes and how long it takes to swap out the Teraflex

  5. setaone October 22, 2014 5:38 am

    A 4pm start time on Sunday is such a better idea, seeing that most have work on Mondays, and easier for reporters to get their story on time :P.

  6. Cindy Luis October 22, 2014 6:24 am

    It was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Not that much of a difference for my work purposes But thanks for thinking of me.
    Have yet to miss deadline, regardless of the time. Although the story might not be as good when I have 10 minutes to finish it.
    Doesn’t allow me to get quotes for the first edition, which will happen the final two matches of the season since volleyball is at 8 p.m. (hopefully) after basketball

  7. rosepetals October 22, 2014 8:47 am

    Will we be seeing the pink jerseys again in one of the matches?

  8. W October 22, 2014 9:35 am

    All-Hallows’-Eve should be a fun one in Irvine this year. IF it doesn’t happen this weekend (Poly/UCSB), then it ain’t happening.

  9. chawan_cut October 22, 2014 12:06 pm

    I was there at the opening night of the SEA 20 years ago. It was my freshman year at UH. I told my friend that we had to be there. I recall that they were serving champagne to the 21+ and the band was in suit and tie. It was sold out of course. I also recall that it was freezing and really dark, but I guess they hadn’t figured out all of that yet.

  10. Cubicle1126 October 22, 2014 3:40 pm

    happy birthday, stanley …. almost legal to drink 😉

  11. Cindy Luis October 22, 2014 3:57 pm

    7. no pink this year

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