MSU board approves changes to Spartan Stadium project

Contact: Greg Ianni, Intercollegiate Athletics, (517) 355-5263, ianni@msu.edu; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281, oswald@msu.edu

Nov 12, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved changes in the university's plans to renovate Spartan Stadium, including the additional restoration of seats and the preparation of space for another unit in the stadium's new addition.

Under the resolution approved by the board at its meeting today, seating in the stadium's west upper stands will undergo some renovations, including a new waterproof deck coating, repairing and painting of handrails, the replacing of expansion joints, and sand blasting and painting the underside of decks and structural members.

"In 1999, the need for restoration of the west upper stands was identified in the Stadium Restoration Plan," said Greg Ianni, associate director of intercollegiate athletics. "We determined the restoration will be accomplished most efficiently in conjunction with the expansion."

In addition, the board-approved resolution calls for the preparation of an additional 4,650 square feet of space in the new stadium addition to house a branch of the university's Office of Career Services and Placement.

The new offices, said Director Kelley Bishop, will allow for better service to students.

"This space will give us proximity to the colleges of Engineering and Communication Arts & Sciences, making it easier for us to work with students from those areas," Bishop said. "It also moves us closer to development and the Alumni Association, two units with whom we work very closely."

Career service "hubs" currently exist in the Student Services Building and The Eli Broad College of Business.

Last fall, the board approved a stadium plan that calls for the addition of nearly 3,000 seats, 24 new suites, a new press box, and upgraded public restrooms and concessions.

It also calls for a 200,000-gross-square-foot addition that will house the MSU Alumni Association, University Development, the MSU Foundation and the 4-H Foundation. The new addition will also house "The Spartan" statue.

These plans will continue as originally approved.

The total cost of the project is approximately $61 million, with a large portion of the funds provided by athletics, said Fred Poston, vice president for finance and operations. About $11 million of the costs for University Development and the Alumni Association will be funded from the lease costs for development's current off-campus space, he said. The athletics portion will be funded by revenues generated from the project and through debt service.

Construction began in November 2003, with everything except office space expected to be completed by the 2005 football season. The MSU Alumni Association, University Development and the other units are expected to move in by January 2006.

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