University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich has been hard at work in downtown Honolulu.
No, he doesn’t have a new job. Rolovich has been busy with his ‘Pride Rock pop-ups’ selling season ticket deposits for the 2017 season.
“I think people really appreciate some of the things we’re doing in the community, and I think that makes even a bigger difference here, because that’s how we thrive, helping each other out, partnerships, and understanding the concept of aloha,” Rolovich said. “It really helped our guys knowing it’s that service, leadership idea. You can give back to this community, because really, we’re here because of them.”
On Wake Up 2day, Coach Rolo joined KHON2 in studio to talk about season tickets, which are officially on sale starting May 1. Season tickets are available for purchase online, at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office (Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by calling 944-BOWS (2697) during the same hours.
The 2017 schedule features six home games at Aloha Stadium, beginning with a non-conference match-up versus Western Carolina (Sept. 2), followed by Mountain West contests against Colorado State (Sept. 30), San Jose State (Oct. 14), San Diego State (Oct. 28), and Fresno State (Nov. 11), and concluding with a non-conference meeting with rival Brigham Young (Nov. 25).
“That’s where you make your season. If you’re playing championship football in November, you know you’re doing something right,” Rolovich said. “We’ve got a long way to go, but the guys have good goals and a good work ethic right now.”
Coach Rolo, his staff and players, along with the UH Pep Band and cheerleaders, took part in a rally Monday at 11:30 a.m. on the corners of Bishop and South King streets. Rolovich says the feedback and support has been overwhelming.
“It means we’ve got a chance. We’ve got a chance to get back to the levels we were at before, and we’ve got to build as consistently as we can as far as getting the fan base excited about what we’re doing and what we’re trying to grow as people,” he said. “We’re trying to produce men of aloha into this community, so that’s the plan.”
Café Blue, located on the sixth floor of the Bank of Hawaii building, served a special “Rolo Dog” (loaded bacon-wrapped hot dog) as well as a “Beeman BLT Burger,” named after women’s head basketball coach Laura Beeman, who also made an appearance.