Revised Crisler Capacity: 12,721; Stadium Bridges Replacement Project

Submitted by Raoul on November 27th, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I haven't seen anyone make note of this, but the Crisler Arena page at 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.



November 27th, 2011 at 7:05 PM ^

DTE will be doing periodic relocations in the construction area throughout  various stages of the construction, so there will be other closures occasionally. I will try to keep the board informed. 


November 27th, 2011 at 8:42 PM ^

Is it possible the signs are referencing the official detour, and that's why they mention Packard? This press release says that State will be closed only between Stimson and Granger, which means that heading south on State you should still be able to get to Hoover.

South State Street will be temporarily closed from Stimson Street to Granger Ave. between November 28, 2011 and December 13, 2011.


November 27th, 2011 at 7:34 PM ^

I had season tickets for five years before moving to San Diego in 2009. I got to see Nebraska and Ohio at the Big House this year (I have a nine game win streak dating back to 2006), but missed out on seeing my beloved b-ball team.

The pics look amazing though!