Seat in the House

Picking up tickets for the big game or new play? Here are the seats to ask for to get the best view of the action.

Editors’ Pick


Photo: Courtesy of UH Sports Media Department

Aloha Stadium

The makai side, blue section L and K, row 40. These are on the 50-yard line, in the shade, with easy access to the parking lot. And it’s where the half-time show faces. For game tickets, call 486-9300.

Rainbow Stadium

Section A (blue), Rows 6, 7 and 8. These seats are right behind the home plate, have a good view of the pitcher and the field and are covered, so you’re protected from the sun and Manoa rains. (Worst seat: the governor’s box. It’s below ground level, so you get a great view of the players’ feet, but not much else.) 956-4481.

Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium

The best seats in the house can be found in Section AA, Rows 1 through 4. Not only are these seats right behind home plate, but they have seat backs, unlike most of the stadium seats, which are bench seating. The section is also protected by a roof, a big plus in rainy Manoa. Admission is free, and all seats are general admission, so go early for a premium spot. 956-4481.

Stan Sheriff Center

To watch players dribble from half court, try Lower Level Section B or GG. For volleyball action, the service line is near Section F, DD and BB. Autograph hunters, try the aisle seats nearest the railing in BB, Row 8 Seat A and DD, Row 8 seats 1, 2 and 3. Be warned, these seats are mainly in season ticket packages.

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall

Front rows are for those who want to be seen and don’t necessarily want to see. A little farther back try Orchestra Rows H, J, K and L. Up in the balcony, Rows H, J and K give you a dead-on view of the stage. These prime seats are highly sought after, and all afford clear, full-stage views. Remember seats are numbered from seat 1 in the center. The odd-number seats stretch to stage right. Even-number seats to stage left. Lower numbers are better. Two adjacent seats will be either odd (7, 9) or even (8, 10). 591-2211.

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Center Arena

For most events, Rows AA, BB and CC are up close and center, but the seats aren’t tiered, so sit behind short people. A better strategy may be to go back a few rows. Rows 7, 8, 9 and 10 have unobstructed views. 591-2211.

Paliku Theater at Windward Community College

Stadium seating ensures that everyone gets a good view of the stage, but the sweet spot is the center seats in Rows A, B and C. Each row is numbered 101 to 115 (the next row is 201 to 215, then 301 to 315, etc.), so seats 7 through 10 get you right in the middle.