Michigan press release: U-M to Host Open House at Renovated Yost Ice Arena
Sept. 28, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fans will have their first opportunity to experience the newly renovated Yost Ice Arena at an open house event on Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-1:30 p.m.
The event will be open to Michigan hockey season ticket holders, student season ticket holders and the general public, and give visitors a first-hand look at the completed renovations. Fans will have the chance to view the new concourse areas, new seating accommodations and the upgraded premium seating options.
University of Michigan ticket representatives will also be on hand, giving fans information on how to purchase various ticket plans for the 2012-13 season. Current season ticket holders can view their seat locations and students will have the chance to pick up their free T-shirts for the upcoming campaign.
The renovations at Yost replaced the bleacher seats, created ADA accessible seating and added loge boxes. In addition, new premium seating opportunities were created and a new press box area was designed on the west side of the arena. The main concourse was upgraded with improved concessions and more points of sale. The facility also received new exterior windows, similar to the Glick Fieldhouse, and lighting to create a more inviting atmosphere, as well as an improved audio system.
This Inside Michigan Hockey video from a couple of days ago provides a look at the renovated arena:
Note that Karsch says in the video that "the ice goes in this week" at Yost, and in the meantime the players have been practicing at the Ice Cube.
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.