Nevada will be the first football team to take advantage of the Kokua assistance program when it charters to Hawaii on UH’s dime.
OK, make that 1,500,000 dimes.
As part of the … er … um … agreement for joining the Mountain West, the Warriors are paying each visiting team from the Pacific time zone up to $150,000 to charter to and from Hawaii. (It’s $175,000 for charters if your team is in a city where your nose bleeds regularly.)
The Pack also will be staying at Turtle Bay to avoid distractions.
Not sure where the Pack’s fans will stay, or how many will be making the trip.
According to a Dec. 18 Reno Gazette-Journal article on the 2011 Hawaii Bowl: “As of Thursday afternoon, Nevada had sold just 10 tickets through phone sales, but had distributed about 600 because pass-list tickets count in tickets distributed. The Hawaii Bowl, mostly because of its annual Christmas Eve date has historically not been a well-attended game by fans of mainland teams. In 2009, there were about 150-200 Wolf Pack fans at the Hawaii Bowl.”
It should be a close race to Aloha Stadium. The Pack is taking the scenic route from the North Shore. The Warriors stay in Waikiki the day of a home game. The Aloha Festivals Floral Parade is this Saturday. UH has made arrangement for a police escort to the game.
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If you ever need an event, call the Hawaii Five-0 crew. They were filming in our neighborhood last night, and they’re the most polite and well-organized group. Plus, they employ a lot of people. Good for the economy. Good for Hawaii.