Michigan receives approval for multi-million dollar project to replace scoreboards in the Big House
Michigan will be doing some renovating to the Big House.
Earlier in the week, a report surfaced that the Wolverines were examining a project to replace and upgrade the scoreboards inside Michigan Stadium. The entire project is around $41 million but involves much more than just renovations to the scoreboards.
According to Aaron McMann with MLive.com, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the project on Thursday. The cost of the videoboards is expected to be $12 million but the Wolverines will spend an additional $12 million on the infrastructure, site work, and design to accommodate the scoreboards.
The project also includes $8 million to upgrade the production studio space inside the Crisler Center. That studio serves multiple facilities on campus and is also used to produce content for BTN.
Other renovations to the Big House in the project include $5 million for a makeover of the audio system and $4 million for permanent safety additions for access.
Regent Denise Ilitch praised the impact of the project as “night and day” for the fan experience:
“I can’t begin to tell you the enhancement of a scoreboard — the infrastructure and the new technology around it — how much it enhances the fan experience,” Ilitch said. “It will be like night and day. Still on my wish is a (championship) ring, which also is a lot of fun, and I’m hoping we get to that eventually.
“But I also think that 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. To me, this is an investment in our fans and fan experience — and a re-investment in our infrastructure.”
Michigan will fund the project through private donors. Ground is expected to be broken next year with the new scoreboards operational for the 2023 football season.