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HTA Encourages Fan Support to Make Pacific Rim Cup an Annual Soccer Showcase

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in Main

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018
HTA Release (18-08)

HTA Encourages Fan Support to Make Pacific Rim Cup an Annual Soccer Showcase

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is encouraging soccer fans to come out to Aloha Stadium next month in support of the inaugural Pacific Rim Cup and help this event become an annual international showcase of professional soccer in Hawaii.

Held February 8 and February 10, the Pacific Rim Cup features two professional men’s soccer matches each evening with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer, Iwaki FC from the Fukushima Prefectural Football League and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo from the Japan Professional Football League.

“The Pacific Rim Cup is top-quality soccer that is being brought to Hawaii by an organization wanting to make this an international celebration of soccer for residents and visitors to see and enjoy in person each year,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “The players will also be putting on a youth soccer clinic and taking part in other fan-friendly activities, demonstrating their commitment to give back to our community and help kids develop their soccer skills.

“We encourage soccer fans, families of youth players and youth soccer teams to embrace the Pacific Rim Cup and help make professional soccer an annual event in Hawaii.”

HTA is sponsoring the Pacific Rim Cup as part of its sports marketing strategy to bring major sporting events to the Hawaiian Islands to both elevate Hawaii’s brand as a host destination and to support the marketing of tourism, the state’s leading industry and largest provider of jobs.

DOME Corporation, the exclusive partner of Under Armour in Japan, is the Title Sponsor of the Pacific Rim Cup. Blue United Corporation is the host organization.

“We are very appreciative of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s support for the Pacific Rim Cup and sharing our commitment to bring professional soccer to Hawaii,” said Takehiko Nakamura, president of Blue United. “Our hope is that this tournament will be an annual event that the local community can be proud of, and look forward to, with the vision to expand within the Pacific Rim region and showcase Hawaii as the destination to host international sporting events.”


Thursday, February 8
• 1st Game: Vancouver vs. Iwaki, 5:00 p.m.
• 2nd Game: Columbus vs. Sapporo, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 10
• 1st Game: Third Place Match, 4:00 p.m.
• 2nd Game: Championship Match, 7:00 p.m.

Szigeti noted that ticket prices for the Pacific Rim Cup are very reasonable, making the two days of professional soccer matches affordable for families and youth soccer teams wanting to see some of the world’s top soccer players in action at Aloha Stadium.


Reserved Seats
• $15 in advance (purchase by January 31)
• $20 starting February 1

General Admission Seats
• $12 in advance (purchase by January 31)
• $17 starting February 1

Youth (Ages 6-17) / Military / Seniors (65 and older)
• $9 in advance (purchase by January 31)
• $14 starting February 1

Ages 5 & Under
• Free for General Admission seating

Tickets can be purchased online at, through the Aloha Stadium Charge Line at 808-483-7123 or at the Aloha Stadium Box Office.

About the Hawaii Tourism Authority
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawaii’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawaii, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawaii’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.

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