UM regents approve design of $168M athletic complex

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan Board of Regents on Thursday approved design of a $168 million Division I Olympic sports complex that will house men and women's track and field, cross country, lacrosse and women's rowing.

The 280,000-square-foot facility — to be known as the Stephen M. Ross Athletics South Competition and Performance Project — will include an indoor and outdoor track competition venue that will accommodate 2,000 and 500 spectators, respectively, and allow the university to once again host home track meets, in addition to regional and national competitions. It also will include UM's first indoor rowing tank and a 2,000-seat lacrosse stadium for UM's newest varsity programs.

The facility will address needs articulated at the launch of the athletic department's portion of the Victors for Michigan campaign two years ago, and be funded with donations and gifts to athletics, including a $100 million gift from Ross, a businessman who owns the Miami Dolphins professional football team.

Rendering of the sports performance center

The complex will include athletic medicine, strength and conditioning, a performance lab, meeting space and locker rooms, according to UM officials.

The project will add 200 parking spaces to the existing 700 commuter spots in the area, at State Street, just north of the UM golf course.

During the presentation of the project, Regent Andrea Fischer Newman asked how the project would affect traffic on State Street.

Not that much, said Donald Dethlefs, CEO of SinkCombsDethlefs, a Denver-based design firm that is collaborating with the architectural firm TMP Architecture on the project.

"We are increasing traffic," said Dethlefs, "but the traffic should flow well and there shouldn't be that much of an impact."

The project is expected to be completed in the winter of 2018.