Virtual Walking Tour of the Stan Sheriff Center
- Groundbreaking: December 1992
- Designer/Builder: Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
- Cost: $32.24 Million
- Seating Capacity: 10,031
- Dimensions 320 feet (98m) in diameter; 107 feet (33m) high; 187,000
square feet (17,400 square meters) total area.
- Construction: Reinforced concrete exterior; aluminum geodesic dome;
able to withstand 120 mph (190 kph) winds and can support 25 tons.
- Scoreboard: 15 tons, suspended 65 feet (20m) above arena floor; each
of four sides contains 16 Sony TV screens combined to create a 24 square
foot (2.2 square meter) composite picture. Cost: $1.2 Million.
- First Athletic Event: October 21, 1994, Wahine Volleyball vs. San
Welcome to the Stan Sheriff Center
Glad you could make our tour today. Let's start by walking from the
UH-Manoa's Lower Campus parking structure (remember where you parked!),
through the Athletic Complex, and for the first time view the new Stan Sheriff Center. Spectators will purchase
their tickets from one of eight ticket
windows in the front of the arena. (Here's an
arena seating chart to help you in your ticket selection.) Notice above
the ticket windows is
an electronic message board which will be used for information. Future
plans include printing of tickets on site and a computer system to show
the seat choices. Off to your left is the Arena Entrance A. Continue through the
gates to the Main Concourse. Towards the
right is the UH Bookstore's Rain Bow
Tique, with logo sportswear and souvenirs. As you pass through one of
the tunnels into the arena itself, you view the wonderful hardwood Center Court and massive scoreboard, and the 10,000 green
seats. Also notice that the last row of seats on the concourse level is
equipped to hold 96 in the wheelchair
parking between single fixed seats. The arena facilities are fully
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.
Behind the Scenes
What most will not get to see is what happens behind the scenes, or
rather, under the seats. Beneath the concourse and the general seating
lie not only the locker rooms for the athletes, but all the offices,
kitchen, storage, and other rooms (many remain unfinished, like the Laundry Room).
During an athletic event, the teams go off the court through one of the
exits to the locker rooms on the floor
level. The visiting team will exit from one end of the court into the Visitor's Locker Room. It is clean,
compact, and functional with its standard metal lockers and vinyl floor
covering. Contrast that to the Home Locker
Room which is significantly larger with large lockers that have mirrors on
the doors, enough room to hang clothing without getting wrinkled, and
will eventually sport a pull-out seat. This room also has wall-to-wall
carpeting! Above the whiteboards for each locker room will eventually be
a game clock so that both teams will know when they need to be back on
As we walk down the ground level corridor
(painted in standard UH off-white), we pass the Weight Room which is almost complete and has a
total floor space of 10,000 square feet (900 square meters). Its
rubberized surface can withstand dropping of weights and will be primarily
used by the student-athletes. Scheduled to be open for use in Fall 1995.
Before and after a game, the Hospitality
Area with a view of the grassy knoll
is available for the team meal and for the UH Boosters to party. On the
opposite side of the arena, the main Hospitality Room remains unfinished.
A Press Room for members of the media
includes such amenities as telephones, a work surface with electrical
outlets (for typing their notes into their laptop computers), and a
photocopying machine (seen in the adjacent room). Next door, the Green Room is where press conferences and
interviews are held. The room is also wired to the outside of the
building so that the camera people don't need to run separate cables to
the media trucks. The Control Room
contains the electronics to run the scoreboard and lighting in the Arena.
The food concession cost Marriott $1 Million in construction and another
$1 Million in equipment. The main kitchen is
the second largest Marriott kitchen in Hawai'i. It sports two walk-in
refrigerators, with one of them just for beer kegs. Marriott also
controls the four concession areas and the
various carts (hot dog, popcorn, ice cream, beer, etc.) on the Main
As we head outside, we pass the Main
Service Entrance, which is large enough to allow full-size semi
tractor-trailer rigs to drive through.
- Just outside the Main Service Entrace is the shortcut to the Athletic
Complex where UH Basketball Coach
Riley Wallace fell. Note that since then, barriers have been
strategically placed to discourage people from using that shortcut.
End of the Tour
Thank you for joining us on this virtual tour of the University of
Hawai`i's Stan Sheriff Center. We hope you will visit us in person soon
and enjoy a game, have a snack, and buy a souvenir.
Special thanks to Adam Primas, Assistant to the Athletic Director, for
taking us on this behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. Also thanks to
Thomas Yoshida, Public Information Officer, for making the