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Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

Posted on: May 20, 2011 8:31 am
 


Posted by Eric Angevine


The Michigan Wolverines emerged from March Madness as one of the more intriguing young teams in the nation. With a solid coach in place, talented players in the program and a well-funded athletic department behind them, the hoops Wolverines are on the verge of becoming a major player in the Big Ten again.

The University Board of Regents is taking steps to improve the infrastructure around the team as well. According to a UM press release, a $52 million renovation scheme for 43-year-old Crisler Arena was approved this week.

"The expansion will add approximately 63,000 gross square feet for new fan entrances (top), additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, as well as a private club space," the release stated. "The renovation will improve seating for people with disabilities and provide expanded and renovated concourses to allow for an increase in restrooms, concessions and other fan amenities. All seats throughout the arena will be replaced."

This is the latest upgrade approved by the Board of Regents, following an initial $20 million that improved immediate infrastructure concerns such as lighting, plumbing, electrical work and repair of the building's roof. The University is nearing completion of a $23.2 million Basketball Player Development Center as well.

It's easy for an administration to pay lip service to the idea of playing for league titles and national championships, but this wave of construction on the Michigan campus gives the ring of truth to the promises of a brighter future for the Wolverines. With the University of Nebraska joining the Big 10 in the upcoming season, amid a welter of development plans of their own, Michigan is doing what must be done in order to not only keep up with the Joneses, but beat them from time to time.

(additional renderings of proposed changes can be seen here)

Photo: University of Michigan
Comments

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

This is a good for Michigan and their sports programs.  After seeing what they have done with the Football stadium, and their baseball/softball complex, it was good to see them finally address Chrisler.  Does anyone know if Michigan has any plans to update or redo Yost?



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

Actually, U of M is also public. Northwestern is the only private school in the Big Ten.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

SOME OF YOU MAKING A NEGATIVE COMMENT IN HERE ABOUT THE ARENA I KNOW HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE.DOES IT BOTHER YOU? IT MUST



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

YOU BETTER CORRECT YOURSELF   UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IS A TIER 1 PRIVATE UNIVERSITY    MICHIGAN STATE IS A STATE SUPPORTED UNIVERSITY LIKE OHIO STATE  PLEASE GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:17 pm
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Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

they finally gonna add indoor plumbing?????



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:00 am
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

Finally.  That place is such a rathole.  As long as they don't jack the state (yes I know it is a state university) or the city of a2 for any of it, it's a good idea.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:22 am
 

Michigan OKs $52 million for hoops arena

It is about time. I am very glad to see this is being done. I would rather see a new areana all together but this is still good news. Now maybe we can be a major player in basketball again.


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