Michigan will be doing renovations to the Big House.
Earlier in the week, a report surfaced that the Wolverines were reviewing a proposed replacement and upgrade to the scoreboards inside Michigan Stadium. The whole project costs around $41 million, but involves much more than just dashboard upgrades.
According to Aaron McMann of MLive.com, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the project on Thursday. The cost of the video boards is expected to be $12 million, but the Wolverines will spend an additional $12 million on infrastructure, site work and design to accommodate the scoreboards.
The project also includes $8 million to upgrade production studio space inside the Crisler Center. This studio serves several facilities on campus and is also used to produce content for BTN.
Other big house renovations in the project include $5 million for an audio system upgrade and $4 million for permanent security additions for access.
Regent Denise Ilitch called the project’s impact “day and night” for the fan experience:
“I can’t begin to tell you improving a dashboard — the infrastructure and new technology around it — how much it improves the fan experience,” Ilitch said. “It will be like day and night. I still want a (championship) ring, which is also a lot of fun, and I hope we get there eventually.
“But I also think the clarity of the announcements – because we’re in such a big stadium – is going to make it a lot easier to make announcements and to be really clear. For me, it’s an investment in our fans and the fan experience – and a reinvestment in our infrastructure.
Michigan will fund the project through private donors. The pitch is expected to be inaugurated next year with the new operational scoreboards for the 2023 football season.