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Univ. Of Michigan Board Of Regents Approves Phase Two Of Crisler Arena Renovations

UM Regents unanimously approve the $52M second phase of Crisler Arena renovation
The Univ. of Michigan Board of Regents on Thursday “unanimously approved the designs for the $52 million second phase of renovations” for Crisler Arena, according to Kyle Feldscher of ANNARBOR.com. Among the planned renovations are “glass entry ways, which will give the building its nighttime glow; more restrooms for both men and women; new concession areas and a waterfall with a glowing blue M.” The Regents “originally approved renovations to the core of Crisler Arena” in Oct. ’09, which “cost approximately” $20M. Both phases of the renovation “will be paid for with athletic department funds.” The renovations approved Thursday “amount to a whole new building wrapping around the existing Crisler Arena.” The designs included renovations “of all the building’s entryways, including a large lobby area in the northeast corner of the arena, which will have the building’s ticketing areas” (ANNARBOR.com, 5/19).

BLUE PRINTS: Duke AD Kevin White said that the university is “considering a $100 million facility expansion that would include a substantial enhancement of Wallace Wade Stadium.” White said that the school “has consulted with a group headed by former Duke trustee Roy Bostock about a project that could ‘totally rework, revitalize and re-create Wallace Wade.’” The stadium “has the smallest fan capacity in the ACC” with 33,941 seats. In Raleigh, Ken Tysiac noted White “provided few details, though, about a project whose workings have remained extraordinarily secretive” (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 5/19).
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