When the winter of 2018 rolls around, Michigan football players will be working out in a revamped Oosterbaan Field House that will include a new football performance center.
According to a release from Michigan’s athletic department, the University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved construction plans to build a performance center for the Wolverines football team, as well as provide improvements to the existing Oosterbaan Field House.
The project, which will cost $21 million, will build a 32,000-square-foot performance center for the Michigan football team inside the existing Oosterbaan Field House, which is 78,000 square feet, as well as a 5,000-square-foot mezzanine level. The main purpose for the 32,000-square-foot add-on is to serve as a strength and conditioning training center for the Wolverines football team.
For a little perspective on how much Michigan is paying for its weight room upgrade, here’s how much Rutgers paid for its:
Michigan is spending $21 million on weight room upgrade.
Rutgers just spent $1.65 million in weight room upgrade.
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) February 16, 2017
Along with the upgraded weight room, the project will also improve safety measures in the Oosterbaan Field House. This includes replacing the existing roof, emergency systems, such as fire alarms and suppression systems, and heating, air conditioning and lighting systems.
The field house, which a variety of other Michigan sports use as a practice field, is connected to Schembechler Hall, which are the main offices for the Wolverines football team.
Money for the project will be raised through donors, as well as provided by existing funds.