Crisler Center? U-M Athletic Department looks to officially rename Crisler Arena
Chris Asadian | AnnArbor.com
During home basketball games this season, the announcer would boom: "Welcome to Crisler Center." Yet the scoreboard and building signage referred to the venue as Crisler Arena, the name University of Michigan fans have used since 1970.
The difference left fans wondering: What's the real name?
Crisler Arena, first built in 1967 as the University Events Building and renamed after longtime athletic director Herbert "Fritz" Crisler in 1970, is currently undergoing a $52 million expansion.
The updated complex will include a club area, indoor and outdoor meeting and performance venues, a media center with a production studio, shops and the main basketball arena. The university also recently built the $23.2 million William Davidson Player Development Center adjacent to the existing Crisler building.
The new versatility of the building led the Athletic Department to begin calling it Crisler Center on its website and in news releases.
Now, athletic director Dave Brandon and U-M Chief Financial Officer Timothy Slottow are looking to make that change official.
"The arena portion is simply one facet of the building," Brandon and Slottow wrote in a memo to the Board of Regents. "To refer to it as an arena is no longer properly descriptive."
Regents will vote on whether to approve the name change at their monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Michigan Union.
Sports reporter Nick Baumgardner contributed to this report. Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.