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