Thursday checkin: facilities upgrade

Discussion had started on previous thread. moving it over here
as reported by our columnist Ferd Lewis
but for those of you who don’t subscribe, here is the gist

$14.3M for renovations and upgrades
The 35-year-old practice gyms are due for $9.3 million-$12 million in renovation and improvements, projects

targeted starting date for construction is 2018.

The project heads a list of $14.3 million in capital improvements and health and safety repairs for basketball, baseball, football, softball and volleyball programs that Matlin outlined for the UH Board of Regents last month.
Gym 1 & Gym 2 — $9.3M
Wahine Softball Stadium — $3.5M
Football video pads — $300,000
Murakami locker room — $1.2M
Total: $14.3M

(Yet to be funded)
TC Ching track replacement — $2.2M
Murakami refurbishment — $3.8M
Tennis courts resurfacing — $300,000
Hammer throw improvements — $500,000
Gym 1 &2 completion — $2.7M
Softball Phase II — $1M-$3M
Beach VB courts — $1.1M
Total: $11.6-$13.6M


  1. Kahuna May 11, 2017 8:14 am

    Glad that upgrades are being made but I would have preferred Ben Jay’s vision of knocking down Klum and rebuilding a newer more modern “training center” where both basketball and volleyball could train and use as a recruiting tool.

    Klum is really an eyesore and should be torn down immediately. Driving by there on the way to the parking structure, I cringe every time I see that place. That place should be condemned. That being said, I’m glad the players will have a nice place to practice. The kids deserve that much.

  2. Andrew May 11, 2017 8:29 am


    I agree that training facility idea was really good but I think the practice gyms are more of a priority. Especially when they say they have a moisture problem on the courts which makes them sometime unsafe for use.

    When they say football video pads they mean a more permanent tower to shoot the videos from? I think they use a lift now right?

  3. Kahuna May 11, 2017 8:42 am

    Andrew….good point. I believe the training center BJ envisioned would include a court or two for basketball/volleyball but I understand the need to refurbish the gyms.
    UH currently only have one weight room for all athletes to work out. Imagine the headaches in trying to accommodate all the athletes. A TC will ease that headache and make it easier for all.
    I still hope that the TC will still be in the future. I believe something like this can be a HUGE benefit… making our athletes more competitive and having a nice facility to show prospects.

  4. connor May 11, 2017 8:42 am

    Why is so much money being spent on woman’s softball? they don’t charge admission so present facility should be adequate. sounds like over $6 million will eventually go into this stadium. Can’t we spend same dollars instead on facilities that will benefit more sports or revenue sports which the UH needs to be successful.

  5. warriorfan May 11, 2017 12:16 pm

    5. Horrible hope they catch the crook.

    Looks like Colton and Rosy who are seeded 10th, won their first match beating the 3rd seed.
    Seeds seemed a little off though.
    They play another match later today against the 2nd Seed Friedman/Stadick from UCI.

  6. warriorfan May 11, 2017 1:36 pm

    Looks like Colton/Rosy beat Friedman/Stadick in 2 sets and now are leading their pool with 4 points.

  7. Warriorfan May 11, 2017 2:00 pm

    Colton/Rosy seeded 10th out of 11 pairs beat the 3rd and 4th seeded pairs today not bad at all ,hope they keep that up tomorrow.

  8. H-Man May 12, 2017 8:14 am

    conner, you raise a good question regarding the RWSS. $3.5 million is a lot of money. I too wonder what improvements or repairs are urgently needed for the RWSS? Wasn’t it last year that the lighting was improved for night games and a new scoreboard installed? The field looks okay and the bleachers are okay. Maybe not too comfortable, but no worse than the bench seating I sat on at the Coliseum for the USC game.

  9. uhfan May 12, 2017 8:52 am

    Allyssah Fitterer from Michigan St. will be going to grad school at UH and playing for the wahine beach team next season.

  10. jm2375 May 12, 2017 9:45 am

    Colton & Rosey won their pool and now face Dominguez & Hoffman from UCIrvine.

    Hoping some of the funds for the RWSS are for the restrooms. They’ve been in terrible shape for a really long time.

  11. warriorfan May 12, 2017 11:23 am

    too bad USA volleyball isn’t streaming this even ( or are they?) I’d love to see Colton/Rosey’s quarterfinal match against UCI.

    Alyssa Fitterer sounds like a great addition for the sand bows. She’s 6’2 and great all around, will she have two years like Carly Kan?

    Also hope Coach Hall picks up CrissyJones or Scambray from UW or Adora Anae also , UH should be title favorites with UCLA who got Sarah Sponcil.

  12. warriorfan May 12, 2017 11:24 am

    11. the mens rooms around the SSC could use some sprucing up also.

  13. livealoha May 12, 2017 12:34 pm

    Fitterer, Monkhouse and Maglio. Looks like we will have the Canadian connection on the Beach too.

  14. vballfreak808 May 12, 2017 12:53 pm

    12. She has already played four years collegiately so she will only have one season as a graduate season.

  15. vballfreak808 May 12, 2017 1:22 pm

    USA Volleyball is streaming the men’s quarterfinals live on their Facebook page now. Cowell/Rosenmeier playing

  16. warriorfan May 12, 2017 1:44 pm

    12.Plus Jenna Banz is Canadian also.

    Looks like Colton/Rosie won in two sets,they are both really good. I think USA volleyball seriously underestimated them.Brett is one of the best all around players for his age and Colton was the best beach player coming out of Hawaii two years ago.
    Hope they win this tomorrow.

  17. noblesol May 12, 2017 3:52 pm

    Men’s Quarterfinal: Colten/Rosie at about the 11:00 mark.

  18. noblesol May 12, 2017 5:07 pm

    Michigan State, 2016 pre-season. For those who wonder what other programs do to get ready in the pre-season. Fitterer comments start about 1/2 way in.

  19. Cindy Luis May 12, 2017 5:32 pm

    thanks for all the help. we were in the middle of revamping the site and i had to log off for a number of hours.
    new thread up for Friday
    Rosenmeier-Cowell sweep into Saturday’s semifinals 530 a.m. HST

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