Build Michigan Award 2012: U of M Yost Ice Arena Renovation


2012 Build Michigan Award WINNER!

Goal at Yost: Improve the Fan Experience

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Originally built in 1923 as a field house at The University of Michigan, the Yost facility is named in honor Michigan's lengendary football coach and athletic director, Fielding H. Yost.  Once the host of the University's Men's and Women's basketball before the completion of Crisler Arena in 1967, its brick walls are entrenched with the cheer of champions.  In 1973, Yost was converted into an ice arena, and the Michigan hockey team has used it ever since as home ice.

If you've been to a hockey game at Yost Ice Arena before the current renovations, you may recall how the "Old Yost" felt dark, neglected and a little outdated.  Wood bleachers had nails in them which would "pop up" occassionally causing a snag in the jeans; and the fan ammenities were not consistent with the power and pride of today's U of M hockey team.

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In June 2011, The University of Michigan Board of Regents unanimously approved a renovation project for Yost Ice Arena. The $16 Million in renovations would add premium loge boxes to the arena, replace the bleacher seats, uncover and place new windows around the facility, and add more concessions to the arenaSpence Brothers was selected as the General Contractor and work begun in April 2012 to give a new life and look (a facelift) to the iconic structure.

As construction work progressed, it was evident to crews working on the project that they were involved in an important historical transformation, not just an "ordinary" build.  The interior of the ice arena was literally gutted to the core leaving only a trace of what was.  Then, piece by piece, Yost was reborn with a modern-day twist and appeal - one that has catapulted Yost into a limelight of its own as one of the most envied college hockey facilities in the United States. 
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