Tom Izzo is making a generous donation to help grow Michigan State hockey.
The Spartans hockey program announced Monday that Izzo and wife Lupe have donated $1.1 million to help upgrade Munn Ice Arena. The donation from the Izzos will also support the Spartan Marching Band and Student-Athlete Support Services.
Michigan State will be renovating the arena, which includes a new locker room, players’ lounge, video boards, weight room and coaches’ offices. The project was approved by the Michigan State Board of Regents last week.
“Our basketball program is so very fortunate to have the support of many individuals and donors who understand how important facilities and scholarships are to recruiting and competing for championships,” Izzo said in a press release. “I’ve been going to hockey games since I came to Michigan State and those games are some of my greatest memories. The Spartan family is fortunate to have Danton Cole leading the hockey program and we are grateful to be able to support our hockey program that is about to take off.”
Michigan State’s hockey team is a three-time national champion, with its most recent title coming in 2007. Last year, the Spartans finished with a 12-19-5 record.