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Betsy Ross: UC taking no chances on Aloha turf

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Earlier this month the U. S. Women's soccer team, on its victory tour celebrating its World Cup win, canceled a scheduled exhibition in Hawai'i because of what it deemed unsafe conditions with the stadium turf.

Why do we care?

Because the stadium in question is Aloha Stadium, the same stadium where the UC Bearcats will play San Diego State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Christmas Eve.

U.S. Soccer said in its cancellation notice that "after a thorough inspection throughout the day, we determined it was in the best interest for both teams not to play the match." Goalkeeper Hope Solo even tweeted out a photo showing the buckled turf and uneven playing field.

So what does this mean for the safety of the Bearcats and, for that matter, the Aztecs? In an email, Derek Inouchi, the media relations director for University of Hawai'i, said "there are no issues with the field for football."

Ryan Koslen, the sports information director for UC football, expanded on the issue a little more:

"We were obviously aware of the turf controversy and it appears most of the issues were along seams where they extended the field for soccer," Koz said in an email.

He went on to say that "Members of the UC football staff examined the turf on an advance trip to Honolulu (last week) as we will be using the stadium as a practice site leading up to the bowl and we anticipate no issues."

Good for UC for keeping the health and safety of the players in mind so they can concentrate on the game instead of worrying about the conditions. A bowl game should be a reward to celebrate a great season, without any outside distractions-besides sun and surf, of course!

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