Michigan State has been forced to delay and pause construction on some of its athletic facilities at this time, due to budgetary concerns because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The school made the announcement this week.
President Samuel Stanley estimated that Michigan State University will suffer a loss of approximately $300 million, though he says “the budget situation continues to change,” according to 247Sports. The fiscal year ends June 30.
That means MSU has been forced to halt construction on upgrades to athletic facilities during this time. From 247Sports:
Munn Ice Arena’s “addition 3” has been deferred in the construction phase. That project has a budget/current estimate of $23,235,000. The renovated offices at the Skandalaris Football Center are still in progress, originally scheduled to be finished in August.
Among the projects deferred in the design stage are “Munn Ice Arena – Hall of History – Technology and Display Upgrades,” which comes with a $2-2.5 million price tag, Spartan Stadium’s North lower-bowl restoration ($1,926,000) and replacing the outdoor pool at IM West ($15 million).
Other campus construction projects will also be delayed due to the budget concerns for the fiscal year. Stanley says deferring on these projects could save the university approximately $77 million.