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Posted on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

Michigan basketball team gets first look at Crisler Arena renovations

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team got its first look at the nearly-completed first phase of Crisler Arena renovations Tuesday.

According to a release on, Wolverines head coach John Beilein and players held their first workout in the arena Tuesday following a team meeting.

"It just seems like more of a home-court advantage," Beilein said in the release. "It looks like the fans are really on us. I love the look of it. The floor looks tremendous. I love the feel right now and I can tell by looking at the players' faces that they feel the same way."

The first phase of renovations is an approximately $20 million upgrade that features seat re-alignments and a new high-definition video scoreboard.

In mid-October, Michigan will open its new Player Development Center, a practice facility adjacent to Crisler that will house men's and women's basketball offices, locker rooms, practice courts, strength and conditioning facilities and a tunnel to the arena itself.

"I think is it going to be a much better experience for the fans," Michigan senior Zack Novak said in a release. "I think they're going to be much more engaged in the game, especially the students because we've got them sitting right on top of the court now. Being a senior, I've seen a lot of things change here and just to see this drastic of a change so quickly, it's really cool and it's special to be a part of it."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.