Up, up, up — and a little down.
In 2018, the OIA hosted more regular-season football games than in 2017, with more attendance and more money taken in, but the number of fans per game declined a little.
Based on attendance figures supplied by Raymond Fujino, the league’s football coordinator, there was:
>> A 64-percent increase in gate receipts before expenses (from $539,814 to $837,033)
>> A 64-percent increase in attendance (from 76,157 to 119,254)
>> A 62-percent increase in total number of games (from 71 to 115)
>> A 1-percent drop in fans per game (from 1,073 to 1,037)
>> A 1-percent drop in gate receipts per game (from $7,603 to $7,279)
The numbers do not include postseason games or the five ILH vs. ILH games that were part of the new OIA-ILH alliance. In addition, for the six OIA vs. ILH contests held at ILH sites or Aloha Stadium, a portion of gate receipts after expenses (about 25 percent) will go to the ILH coffers.
Attendance and gate receipts were not available for ILH vs. ILH games. But by joining up with the OIA for regular-season games, it meant about 13 less ILH vs. ILH games (from 18 to five) and less gate receipts, the latter of which shifted over quite a bit to its OIA partners.
The OIA will also be getting $1 million per year for at least two years (2018 and 2019) from community and business donations as part of the deal to form the partnership.