(Ann Arbor-WWJ) The University of Michgan Board of Regents has approved the second phase of a 52 million dollar renovation of Crisler Arena.

The expansion of the home of the Michigan men’s and women’s basketball teams will add approximately 63 thousand square feet for new fan entrances, additional retail and ticketing areas and a private club.

Athletic director Dave Brandon says the improvements will make the 43 year-old arena “a first-class, modern venue that will be among the best in the country.”  He says the 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.”

Regents also approved 20 million dollars in internal university funds for high-definitation video scoreboards at Crisler, Michigan Stadium and Yost Ice Arena.

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  1. Mike Matthews says:

    Why not just build a new arena to match MSU’s Breslin Center, retro fit Crisler with a rink for the hockey team and turn Yost into a practice arena for the Men and Womens teams.A private club make it state of the art???? No I don’t think so.

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