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Posted on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 : 4:54 p.m.

Schematic design for Crisler Arena renovations approved at University of Michigan Regents meeting

By Tina Reed


First phase renovations to Crisler Arena will begin in 2011.

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New seats and a redesigned configuration - including a moved student section - are among schematic design changes approved for the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena, it was decided at the U-M Board of Regents meeting Thursday.

At its January meeting, the regents approved the nearly $20 million first-phase renovation to the 42-year-old facility and appointed TMP Architecture and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the architects.

The arena is a multi-purpose venue with seating for about 13,800 people.

Changes include replacing the seats in the lower bowl with wider and relocated aisles, as well as improved seating to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The roof will be replaced, the building will receive an entire electrical and technological upgrade, and a new fire suppression system and other safety systems will be part of the renovations.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2012. Funding will be provided from athletic department resources.

Tina Reed is a reporter for She can be reached at or 734-623-2535.



Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 12:13 p.m.

Thsi place really needs a good redo for sure. It's so old, dark, & dank in there. "The U has brought in top quality coach's in both the Men's..." What Men's Sport are you talking about?

Big Daddy

Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 10:32 a.m.

That is great news! The U has brought in top quality coach's in both the Men's and Women's program, their biggest challenge was the lack of facitlites to compete with other Big 10 and national programs in recruiting,so with the addition of the player development center and updating Crisler we will now how the ability to close the deal with top prospects. This will be great as the Women's program conitues to build on it success of the last 3 years and the Men's can get back to national prominence pre "fab 5 " days,. The players, university, coach's and fans deserve it. Thanks for making helping make us competitive.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 6:35 a.m.

So, where are the drawings? Three articles on this and no drawings.