SBD/July 17, 2012/Facilities

Univ. Of Michigan Seeking Approval For $2.8M Marquee And Schembechler Hall Renovation

Univ. of Michigan AD David Brandon is “seeking approval to install a $2.8 million electronic marquee that can be viewed from Stadium Boulevard,” according to Kellie Woodhouse of the ANN ARBOR NEWS. The marquee would be “located in the space between Michigan Stadium, Crisler Center and Stadium Boulevard and would have both video and audio capabilities.” The eight-member Board of Regents will choose “whether to approve the marquee during their Thursday meeting.” The marquee's $2.8M price tag “will be funded in full by the athletic department, which reported a $5.8 million surplus this year” (ANNARBOR.com, 7/16). In Detroit, Mark Snyder reported the Michigan athletic department “will bring two projects to the U-M Board of Regents meeting this week: the Schembechler Hall renovation and an electronic events marquee outside the renovated Crisler Center.” The Schembechler Hall entrance and museum renovation “would add 7,000 square feet and renovate 7,000 more square feet to ‘create an appropriate new entrance for the home of Michigan football, integrating the museum area.’” That project is “expected to cost $9 million and be completed in the winter of 2014.” The marquee will be used “to welcome guests to Michigan Stadium and Crisler Center and announce upcoming events and programs.” The construction “would be completed in the fall of 2013” (FREEP.com, 7/16).
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