U-M Regents approve marquee, designs

Information about Michigan football and basketball games will be easier to spot in the near future.

The university’s Board of Regents approved a $2.8 million construction of a marquee on Stadium Boulevard, just outside the south end of Michigan Stadium, near the south end of the Crisler Center.

“The marquee will provide a new avenue for our department to communicate with our fans,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement Thursday.

The marquee will be 27 feet wide by 48 feet long and will be used for promotional and informational purposes. With speakers along the bottom of the marquee, it will have video and audio capability.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.

The Regents also approved the schematic designs for the previously approved Schembechler Hall renovation project, slated for $9 million.

The design will add about 7,000 feet to the Michigan football offices and facilities, including the renovation of the Michigan football museum as well as offices and new areas for recruiting purposes.

The exterior of the site will be designed to match the other buildings in its vicinity on State Street, the Glick Field House and Yost Ice Arena.

The project is expected to be completed in the winter of 2014.

“The Schembechler Hall renovations will present an opportunity to better celebrate our rich football tradition,” Brandon said. “We will create a grand entrance to the facility that announced you’ve arrived at the home of Michigan football.”