MSU Announces Year-Long Renovations for Munn Ice Arena
- Oct 09, 2014
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
As the 2014-2015 NHL season kicked off this week, hockey enthusiasts in the Michigan area have one more reason to be happy. Michigan State University (MSU) announced renovation plans for its ice hockey arena in East Lansing.
“As Munn Ice Arena approaches its 40th anniversary, we’re excited to announce the upcoming improvements that will significantly enhance both the fan and student-athlete experience immediately,” said MSU Director of Athletics Mark Hollis in a statement introducing the year-long renovations. “Our goal is for Munn Ice Arena to represent a tribute to Michigan State’s rich hockey past and a commitment to its future,” he added.
Located at 509 Birch Road on MSU’s campus, the Clarence l. Munn Ice Arena opened on September 25, 1974 as a $3.5 million replacement for the outdated Demonstration Hall which currently serves as a drill hall for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and rehearsal space and equipment storage for the university’s marching band. The 6,470-seat Munn Ice Arena, which was designed by Grand Rapids-based Daverman Associates, has already undergone various improvements over the past two years. According to Spartan Athletics’ official website, from 2012 through August of this year MSU has invested over $6.5 million in the building’s HVAC systems, ice sheet, dasher boards, sound system and LED lighting.
The newly announced renovations over the upcoming year are the latest addition of a complete building renovation program which is funded privately through MSU athletics and donations. The list of upgrades includes: improved theatrical lighting; new high-definition video boards; LED ribbon boards; chairback seating; new concourse décor; dressing room décor.
Granger Construction of Lansing will likely continue to serve as MSU’s contractor of choice for the upcoming renovations at the Munn Ice Arena.
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