NCAA Basketball

Michigan’s Crisler Center Getting Some Nice Upgrades

Michigan is getting some upgrades this summer and they are looking good. The Crisler Center, in Ann Arbor, has been the home of the Wolverines men’s and women’s basketball since 1967.

Recent renovations have really updated the palatial arena that is named after former great Michigan football coach Fritz Crisler.  Michigan Stadium, which is just across the parking lot from Crisler, also had previously been renovated.

The “Big House”  received big new luxury suites and new lights leading to the first night game at Michigan Stadium last season against Notre Dame.

Now it is the Crisler Center’s turn to get a face lift. This picture shows the mid-construction arena floor. There are also new practice floors in the development facility, an upgraded weight room and other upgrades throughout the arena.

Michigan fans will find new concession stands as well as a new retail area. It seems that the university is giving what could be an elite basketball team an elite stadium for them.

By the way, don’t worry about the university scraping the bottom of  its wallet. Last summer, athletic director Dave Brandon reported that the athletic department made more than $120 million. They had a surplus of more than $11 million and stated that they expect the surplus to double in 2012.

With that extra cash floating around in Ann Arbor, it is good to see it is going to good use by giving both fans and players a better experience. Maize and Blue fans will hope there will be a lot of good memories in the revamped Crisler Center this season and beyond.

You can check out the rest of the Crisler Arena updates and pictures at the Michigan Basketball Facebook page.