Crisler Arena

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Crisler Center History

Crisler Center, formerly known as Crisler Arena, is the Ann Arbor, Michigan home of the Michigan Wolverines men's and women's basketball teams as well as of the women's gymnastics team. The venue opened in 1967 and is one of the oldest basketball arenas in the Big Ten. It is named for former football coach and athletic director Fritz Crisler who retired as athletic director the year after Crisler Arena opened. The student section, known as the Maize Rage, provides the Wolverines with a seemingly insurmountable home court advantage for basketball games and helps to make Crisler Center one of the most exciting venues in the country to watch a college basketball game. The venue became known as Crisler Center after a very successful renovation a few years ago.

Crisler Center Events

Crisler Center has hosted the Big Ten gymnastics championships as well as the NCAA gymnastics championships. It has also hosted the Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament despite being located on the campus of a Big Ten school. Many other big sports events have taken place at Crisler Center including the Big Ten wrestling championships. Concerts are also a big deal at Crisler Center. Probably the best known concert to be held at Crisler Center was the first stop on the River Tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. At the concert Springsteen did the unthinkable and forgot the lyrics to the set's opener, Born to Run, but was fortunately rescued by the audience who sang along to help him remember.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is the fifth largest city in Michigan and as such is brimming with entertainment options for residents and visitors alike. Much of the culture in the area is centered around the University of Michigan which also is a significant part of the city's economy. The University Musical Society brings in some of the best performers and musicians in the world to perform at the 60 annual events it promotes. Other organizations like the Ann Arbor opera, the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet, and others provide even more opportunities to enjoy world class performing arts. The Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Festivals are just two of the annual festivals that are held in the city each year.

Crisler Center Seating Layout

Crisler Center is able to seat over 12,000 Wolverines fans for basketball games and can expand to allow even more for concerts and other events. Providing unbeatable sight lines, Crisler Center is hands down one of the best venues in the country to take in a college basketball game, especially now that the Wolverines have made a return to glory in past seasons. After making it to the National Championship Game in 2013, expectations are as high as ever for the Wolverines and fans are flocking to the arena to cheer on the home team.


What was the original cost to build Crisler Arena in 1967?

The cost was $7.2 million, and it took two years to complete the venue.

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