The Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the home of the Michigan Wolverines men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Wolverine men’s basketball team has played at the Crisler Center since 1967 and the arena seats 12,707. The Crisler Center is sometimes referred to as “The House that Cazzie Built” after former Michigan basketball star Cazzie Russell.
The Crisler Center recently underwent a significant renovation from 2011 to 2013. The renovation replaced the arena’s seats, added a new scoreboard, added a new athletic facility, and widened the concourses.
Over the years, the Crisler Center has been the site of many notable events. The arena hosted the Mid-American Conference men’s basketball tournament from 1980 to 1982 and was the home of the 1999 Big Ten wrestling championship. It has also been the site of numerous concerts over the years featuring acts such as Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon.
Michigan Stadium, AKA “The Big House,” is the home of the Michigan Wolverines football team and the largest stadium in the United States, as well as the third largest in the world. The stadium opened in 1927 and can hold an official capacity 107,601, but has been known to hold crowds more than 115,000 on game days.
Since opening with a capacity of 72,000 Michigan Stadium has been renovated and expanded numerous times, to accommodate its incredible modern day capacity of 107,601. The stadium saw its first expansion just a year after opening in 1928 when temporary bleachers were added on top of the stadium expanding the capacity to 85,752. 1930 saw the addition of an electronic scoreboard making Michigan Stadium the first stadium in the United States to keep the official game time using the scoreboard. Michigan Stadium has expanded again in 1949 to a capacity of 97,239 and in 1956 the stadium’s capacity first exceeded 100,000 when it grew to 101,001. The extra seat was said to have been left for the then-Michigan athletic director Fritz Crisler, a tradition that still stands today. Most recently, in 2007 the board of regents approved a $226 million renovation project, which was completed in 2010. The project added a new press box, 83 suites, and 3,200 club seats.
Not only is Michigan Stadium the largest stadium in college football, but it is also one of the most historic. The stadium holds the record for the largest attendance for football, hockey, and soccer game. On September 7, 2013, the stadium set the attendance record for the world’s greatest football game when the Wolverines defeated Notre Dame 41-30 in front of 115,109 spectators. In 2014 Michigan Stadium was home to both the world’s most attended hockey game and soccer game. These events took place in January when the Detroit Red Wings hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs and in August when Manchester United and Real Madrid met in the International Champions Cup.