crisler arena renovation
I haven't seen anyone make note of this, but the Crisler Arena page at mgoblue.com now lists a new Crisler capacity as a result of the recently completed renovation phase: 12,721. That's a reduction of 1,030 from the previous capacity figure. More sellouts to follow?
Here's how the capacity has changed over the years:
CAPACITY: 13,684 (1967); 13,609 (1968-91); 13,562 (1991-2001); 13,751 (2001-2011); 12,721 (2011-present)
One other note for anyone who might be coming into town for basketball games or other events: The demolition and reconstruction of the Stadium bridges starts tomorrow. E. Stadium Blvd. will be closed from Monday through late 2012 (including most, if not all, of the 2012 football season). State Street will also be closed for about two weeks where those bridges pass over it, from Monday through December 13. The official detours can be found here.
Mgoblue.com has a Crisler Arena construction update video featuring an interview with Damon Grosz, the arena manager. Nothing that earthshaking in the video (and there isn’t even a good look at the new seats), but Grosz confirms something that Section 1 had speculated about in a previous thread (Photos of New Seats at Crisler)—all the new seats, both upper and lower bowl, will be blue. And the walls that used be white have been painted blue as well. Grosz said the construction is scheduled to be finished by mid-August. Installation of the new scoreboard will begin “later in August.”
Michigan Basketball's Facebook page has a Crisler Arena construction update featuring several photos of the new seats that are being installed. They look like nice enough seats, but no cup holders?
Note also the new handrails:
Another step in the right direction for the basketball team. Per MGoBlue.com (click for pics and article)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents today (Thursday, May 19) approved the schematic design for the second phase of renovations and expansion to Crisler 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 initial 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 initially was completed in 1968.