Regents Approve Phase Two of Crisler Arena Renovations

Dylan Burkhardt

Big news on the renovation front, brand new hi-def scoreboards were also approved. Here’s the press release from the University:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Board of Regents today (Thursday, Jan. 20) approved the second phase of renovations and an expansion of Crisler Arena.

“The renovations will take our classic facility and make it a first-class, modern venue that will be among the best in the country,” said U-M athletic director¬†Dave Brandon. “Our goal is to create a home-court advantage for our teams while making the fan experience memorable from the moment they walk into the arena.”

The expansion will add approximately 63,000 gross square feet for new fan entrances, additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, as well as a private club space.

The renovation will improve seating for people with disabilities and provide expanded and renovated concourses to allow for an increase in restrooms, concessions and other fan amenities. All seats throughout the arena will be replaced.

Athletic resources and gifts will fund the $52 million project. The construction schedule for the second phase will be presented to the Regents when approval is sought for the schematic design.

TMP Architecture, assisted by Sink Combs Dethlefs, will begin the design work immediately. Those firms designed the new $23.2 million Basketball Player Development Center, which is scheduled to be completed later this year.

In October 2010, the Board of Regents approved the first phase of the Crisler renovation at a cost of $20 million. This first phase addresses the highest priority infrastructure needs such as repair of the roof, electrical, plumbing and air handling systems.

During the last decade, improvements to Crisler Arena have included renovations to the men’s and women’s locker rooms, new lighting and sound systems, installation of courtside seating and updates to the strength and conditioning areas.

Construction of Crisler Arena was initially completed in 1968.

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  • wayman britt

    This is another positive move for the basketball program. I hope the product on the floor improves so the seats fill up. Sometimes our team doesn’t get the same home court advantage as other venues in the Big Ten because Crisler is typically not sold out or loud.

    A full loud arena would be great atomosphere for the team.

    • Jimmy

      It’s going to take a little more than a nice arena to attract fans. People will always flock to Michigan football games but it’s up to our cagers to put people in the seats. Michigan basketball fans will fill the arena consistently once we become a consistent winner.

      That said, I don’t think we’re far away from being a consistent player in the Big Ten and these renovations plus the practice facility are going to be a major draw for fans and recruits alike.

  • gpsimms

    watching the auburn florida game. wow, it’s ugly. also, casey prather doesn’t get to play much and it makes me sad.

  • AG2

    A good basketball team can get fans in the seats. Period.

    In other news, I’m beginning to wonder if slow-down teams are just bad matchups for up-tempo teams like Indiana. They’re up 4 on Wiscy at the half and Jordan Hulls is doing his finest Jimmy Chitwood impression. How does a team that fouls and turns it over so much keep Wiscy off the line the entire half?

    • MAS

      Not sure I agree with “A good basketball team can get fans in the seats. Period.”.

      Crisler wasn’t selling out during the Fab 5 era. Infact I cannot remember Crisler ever consistantly selling out in my life time.

    • Section 30, Row 28

      Sadly, what MAS says is true. I have had season tickets since 1987 and even with the good teams we had from the late 80’s to the mid-90’s, we did not consistently fill Crisler. The University announced each game as a sellout, but just like today there were a lot of empty seats in the arena. I will say the atmosphere at Crisler has never been better, even with small crowds. Putting the student section behind the benches made a big difference.

  • drae

    Prather probably thinking he should of went to U of M… Probably be a start and getting some good minutes… Maybe he’ll look to transfer if the minutes don’t pick up for him…

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    Northwestern torrent is up at

  • Kainkitizen

    I checked out the Sink Combs Website and they have done some amazing projects. They did Ford Center in Oklahoma City that we played our tournament games at 2 years ago. Very Impressive stuff. Can’t wait to see the video rendering of the new Crisler Arena. Hopefully Sink Combs does one for us Michigan Fans to see like they did with the practice development center.

  • jeff

    Building some parking garages near the arena and they will come !