Crisler Arena Makeover on the Way?

Per Mark Snyder in the Detroit Free Press, it appears that plans to renovate Crisler Arena are on the agenda for the U-M Regents.

Constructed in 1967 for $7.2 million, Crisler needs major infrastructure work so the first phase of the plan will be a nearly $20-million project that would address plumbing, heating and roof issues, replacing the lower bowl seats and realigning the aisles. The funding is expected to come from department resources.

If approved by the regents, the work would begin in mid-2011. That way, it would only overlap with the end of the basketball player development center construction, which is slated for October 2011.

The second phase of the Crisler issues would be major concourse work, including renovating the bathrooms and the points of sale, but there is no projected date.

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