Michigan seeking approval for renovations

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two of the more well-known athletic facilities on Michigan’s campus are scheduled to be in line for facelifts.

Proposals for a $14 million renovation to Yost Ice Arena and a $9 million renovation to Schembechler Hall, which houses the football offices, are on the agenda for approval this month’s Michigan Board of Regents meeting, scheduled for Thursday.

The proposal for Schembechler Hall is to add 7,000 gross square feet to the facility for a new entrance area that would incorporate the Michigan football museum. The current museum sits off to the side of the main entrance of Schembechler Hall, which was built in 1990. The new plan would incorporate the museum, which houses rivalry trophies as well as national awards won by Mchigan football players, into the new proposed entrance.

The Yost renovations would look to renovate the seating on the east, south and west sides of the arena as well as improving both the east and west concourses and adding “loge boxes” on the fourth level, where the media currently sits. The media would be moved to the fifth level. The plan also calls for updating the fire alarm system and would be scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Funding for both projects would come from athletic department resources.