When Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin hired John Beilein he told him that Michigan would upgrade their facilities and that included the promise of a practice facility. The promise has been kept. On Thursday the University Board of Regents approved the schematic designs for a new Basketball Player Development Center for the University’s basketball programs.
The multi-purpose facility will be built adjacent to Crisler Arena and will provide approximately 57,000 square feet of basketball heaven, including two basketball practice courts, team locker rooms for players and coaches, athletic medicine and hydrotherapy.
The proposed design calls for a new entrance to Crisler Arena for players and coaches at the playing floor level and a new, dramatic Hall of Fame in the entry lobby. The lobby would provide a distinct identity for the basketball programs while harmonizing with the existing basketball arena and Michigan Stadium.
The estimated cost of the project is $23.2 million. Funding will be provided through private donations and Athletic Department resources. Construction will be phased over a two-year period and completed in fall 2011.
This signals the end of the days for Michigan Basketball to be lagging behind other schools that have great facilities. The facility will be a great recruiting tool for John Beilein and his staff.
Coach Beilein said, “I love the fact that our student-athletes will benefit from having the opportunity to train and prepare, using the latest technology, in a state of the art, world class facility.”