Crisler expansion to be put to bid after regents' vote
The next phase of construction at the Crisler Arena is one step closer after the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted today to unanimously to put the $52 million expansion to bid.
“We have now finished construction drawings and are ready to move forward,” said U-M Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Timothy P. Slottow.
The schematic design for the 63,000-square-foot expansion was approved by the regents during their May meeting.
The expansion adds new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas and a private club space to the arena, which was first built in 1967.
The project also includes a renovation of 54,000 existing square feet of the arena. Contractors will widen already existing fan courses to improve circulation in the arena. Additionally, new bathrooms and accessible seats will be added.
U-M’s athletic department will fully fund the improvements, which should be completed by the end of 2014.