The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved $14 million in improvements to Yost Ice Arena, home to the school’s hockey teams, as the school prepares for a transition to a Big Ten hockey conference.
The improvements will mainly address fan comfort. At 6,637 seats, Yost Ice Arena will be one of the smaller venues in the new Big Ten conference, but the improvements are designed to draw more revenue from fans: bleacher seats will be replaced with theater-style seats, new premium seating areas will be created, and an upgraded concourse with improved concessions and more points of sale will be added. In addition, ADA-accessible seating and loge boxes will be installed, while a new press box area will be designed on the west side of the arena.
The move is the latest in improvements for Wolverine athletic facilities: Crisler Arena is receiving a two-part series of upgrades as well. Construction will begin after the 2011-12 season and be completed by the outset 2012-13 season.
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