Expansion of UM’s Crisler Arena Approved

At the May 19, 2011 meeting of the University of Michigan board of regents, the board approved the schematic design for a Crisler Arena expansion project. The board had given its initial approval of the project at its January 2011 meeting, and had selected TMP Architecture and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the architects. Regents had also previously approved (at their October 2010 meeting) a renovation of the arena’s infrastructure and a replacement of seating to a capacity of 12,800.

This $52 million project will add about 63,000 square feet of new construction. The renovation includes building new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas and a private club space. In addition, roughly 54,000 square feet would be renovated to accommodate accessible seats, increase the number of restrooms and concession areas, and add other fan amenities. Construction is expected to be finished by the winter of 2014.

This brief was filed from the regents meeting at the Fairlane Center on UM’s Dearborn campus. A more detailed report will follow: [link]