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
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.