Michigan State hockey is set to receive a major facilities improvement, as trustees have approved a Munn Ice Arena expansion project.
Originally opening in 1974, Munn Ice Arena has been identified by university officials as being in need of upgrades to fall in line with more modern facilities. An $18.8 million expansion is set to address those issues, as it will be highlighted by a 35,000 square foot addition, a new entrance, improved offices and training facilities, and other changes.
In a vote on Friday, the Michigan State Board of Trustees approved the Munn Ice Arena expansion project. More from the Lansing State Journal:
The work should be finished by December, 2020, according to university documents. The project was originally expected to cost between $14 million and $16 million.
Arena upgrades were temporarily put on hold as the university solicited donations in 2017. Trustees approved the expansion in August.
Munn Ice Arena opened in 1974 and has “fallen behind its peers,” Associate Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning Daniel Bollman wrote in an August memo to trustees.
Work on the project could begin this month.
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