Regents Approve Practice Facility Design

The Michigan basketball program received news today that has been a long time coming. The much-needed practice facility moved one step closer to reality when the Board of Regents approved the schematic designs for a new 23.2 million-dollar Basketball Player Development Center.

The 57,000 square foot facility will house two practice courts, team locker rooms for players and coaches, athletic medicine and hydrotherapy.   The second floor of the facility will be home to film-viewing rooms, strength & conditioning space, while also serving as a location for administrative support functions.

The structure, which will be built on Crisler Arena's east side, will feature an entrance with a visually stunning glass façade.  Once inside visitors will greeted by a new Hall of Fame Lobby that will display the rich history and tradition of Michigan basketball.

"The basketball player development center is truly a multi-purpose facility that is another step in sustaining the growth of our athletic department," said Michigan athletic director Bill Martin.  "The facility will add needed flexibility for student-athletes - especially with the men and women's basketball programs - as they set their academic and athletic schedules."

"It is indeed an exciting time for Michigan Basketball as we continue to work with our architects on the design of a brand new Basketball Player Development Center," added men's basketball coach John Beilein. "These recent visual renderings of this project reflect the commitment that has been made to both the women and men's basketball program's here at U-M. 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. The dedication of so many involved with the design of this facility, and the continued leadership of President Coleman, Bill Martin and Mike Stevenson has been instrumental in moving this important project forward."

Construction of the facility will occur in phases over the span of two years and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011.

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