University of Michigan Regents approved the second phase of Crisler Arena's massive renovation on Thursday. The first phase of the renovation, which deals with improving the seating, roof and other infrastructure issues, is already well underway. As you can see from pictures uploaded on the Michigan basketball team's Facebook page on Thursday, quite a bit of work has already been done.â†µ
Phase two of the renovation will cost $52 million and deals more with improving the fan experience at Crisler Arena.â†µ
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.â†µ
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.â†µ
UM Hoops has pictures of the artist renderings for what the "new" Crisler Arena will look like. The renderings include a look at the new concourses, club space and fan entrances.â†µ
To say the least, Crisler will look a lot nicer when this renovation is complete in a few years.