Mike Lantry, 1972
Yost Ice Arena
So just a little while ago we found out that good old Yost Ice Arena was getting a new scoreboard and being completely renevated. What was slipped in there that it seems nobody actually noticed was Yost was getting new windows and those windows are not going to be boarded up.
They’re redoing the seating areas, adding loge seating, a hospitality suite, a new press box, a completely new concourse with upgraded concession stands that will be able to serve more than hotdogs and nachos and, my favorite part, they’re uncovering the windows!!!
When Yost was originally built they used natural lighting and had huge windows (shown below), but when it was converted to an ice arena in the 70′s the direct sunlight made for bad ice, so they boarded them up. Now that technology has improved, they’re going to install treated windows to allow the light in without totally destroying the ice.
As I mentioned in the previous thread on this, each of the four main boards are 13 feet by 16.8 feet, which if I calculated correctly is equivalent to a 250-inch screen.
UPDATE: Mgoblue.com has a video up showing the scoreboard being raised. It looks perfectly straight in the video, so the crookiness in the picture noted in the comments is probably from the angle from which the picture was taken. The video features an interview with Craig Wotta, the manager of Yost. He says some lights and banners are being moved to fit around the new scoreboard.
UPDATE #2: The mgoblue.com video has been posted on youtube. I can't get it to embed here but have placed it in a comment below.
Looks like the new Yost scoreboard is nearly ready to be hung. Latest photo posted by umichhockey shows that the bottom band (aka "place your ad here"—see original rendition below) has now been attached, and the board is hanging just above the surface.
The U-M Board of Regents approved the $14 million Yost renovation project earlier today. Some additional details came out that weren't known at the time of the previous post on this topic—most notably the schedule:
The Board also approved a $14-million renovation of Yost Ice Arena that will begin after the 2011-12 season and be completed by the outset 2012-13 season. The project is not expected to affect the Wolverines' competition schedule.
The renovations at Yost will replace the bleacher seats, create ADA accessible seating and loge boxes. In addition, new premium seating opportunities will be created and a new press box area will be designed on the west side of the arena. There will be an upgraded concourse with improved concessions and more points of sale. The facility will get new exterior windows, similar to the Glick Fieldhouse, and lighting to create a more inviting atmosphere.
The above is from an mgoblue.com release.
Annarbor.com article has some details on the contractor for the work:
The board approved to contract Rossetti Architecture Inc. for the project, a Southfield-based company. Some Rossetti projects include the lower level box seats at Palace of Auburn Hills and suites at Michigan International Speedway. The firm is also working on Notre Dame’s new hockey specific arena, scheduled to open next season.
. . . and some quotes from Red, including:
"Along with the new HD video boards for this upcoming season, this next project will really spruce up the arena and dramatically improve the entire fan experience as far as seating, concessions, lighting and sound," Berenson said. "But at the same time people will sense that this is still Yost and it's still a special place to watch a game."
No schematic drawings yet of the renovation. Those will be approved by the regents at a later time.
Annarbor.com reports that a $14 million renovation of Yost Ice Arena will be going before the regents on Thursday for approval:
Improved concourses, new seating and new loge boxes for fans at Yost Ice Arena are among the improvements in a $14 million plan the University of Michigan Board of Regents will consider for approval when it meets Thursday.
The schedule for the construction has not yet been set. Some additional details from the university action request:
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proposing a project which will replace the spectator seating on the east, south and west sides of the rink, improving accessibility as well as emergency egress. The project also includes improvements to the east and west concourses, conversion of the level four west side media balcony into a series of loge boxes, a new level five on the west side for media, as well as new comer and stair platforms for additional seating. Infrastructure improvements will be made, including upgrading the existing fire alarm system, extending the existing fire suppression system to areas which are not currently protected, and replacing the exterior windows.
The annarbor.com article also had a link to a photo (below) showing the new Yost scoreboard, which is being installed this week.
This question stemmed from a short conversation I had with my mother (MSU alum) during graduation weekend. We were talking about Crisler Arena and she asked "who is that named after?" And I said a former football coach and athletic director. Then I thought, Yost is also another former football player and coach. I began to question, why are our basketball and hockey arenas named after football coaches? Shouldn't they be named after basketball and hockey legends?
So, MGoBlog Community, do you feel that our arenas should be given new names at any point at all? Yes, the amazing legacies of Fritz Crisler and Fielding Yost should not be forgotten, but they were known for football, not basketball and hockey. I propose 3 options to tackle this question:
1. Keep Crisler/Yost the same. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
2. Rename the arenas to Russell Arena/Tomjanovich Arena or Berenson Ice Arena, etc.
3. Compromise and do the trendy thing in college sports: Russell Court at Crisler Arena or Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena, what have you.
It would be very, very tough at this point to rename iconic buildings that have stood for many years, thus my vote would go for option 3 if we were to acknowledge a U-M basketball and hockey legend.