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University of Michigan Yost Arena

Renovation Transforms Historic Arena

The building was originally constructed in 1928 and renovated several times. However, the windows had remained boarded to avoid interior heat gain that caused soft ice conditions. Upgrades for fan amenities and premium products were also badly needed.

By using new glazing technology, ROSSETTI removed the decades-old coverings on the original arched window openings, transforming the arena from a dark hockey barn into a bright, modern arena while retaining its historic feel. The $16 million renovation also includes a dramatic face lift to the public spaces, including concourses, concession stations and more. ROSSETTI renovated and repurposed 16 Champions Boxes from former offices as well as the arena’s East Club. The unique “Ice Box” is a corner platform used for corporate entertaining or sold with four tops. The University’s famous maize and blue colors are prominently used in the environmental graphics throughout the arena.