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September 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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SEPTEMBER 2016 THE WOLVERINE 21 The area across Stadium Boule- vard from Crisler Arena looked stark and desolate for a time, following the tearing down of Michigan's golf course clubhouse. Now the new one is taking shape, a $15-million build- ing occupying some 23,000 square feet of space. The new clubhouse in- cludes the normal pro shop and of- fice space, but also provides banquet facilities, along with a grill and a Let- terwinners M Club meeting room. The clubhouse is expected to be ready for the 2017 golf season in Michigan, with Manuel and many others anticipating the replacement of a facility constructed in 1950. "It really is exciting," Manuel of- fered. "It's been well designed. I love what I've seen. It's going to allow us to expand our ability to host events over there, not only on game day but throughout the summer months. "It's one of the best golf courses in this state and in this country. To have that as a showcase, to be able to have people be there and enjoy the clubhouse, enjoy golfing, but enjoy it afterwards and be able to host events is going to add a lot of value to what we do. "The design allows people to look through the windows, and on some of the balconies and edges, out to the stadium and Crisler. It's just going to be a beautiful location and so well rendered." Looking to the future, the new AD noted there could be other projects on the table at some point. While most varsity sports have been well cared for regarding facilities, some could still make a case for improve- ment, Manuel acknowledged. "Probably men's gymnastics," Manuel noted. "They're still in the [Sports] Coliseum. Once we finish the South Campus, they'll be one of the last teams that really would have a strong argument for a facilities up- grade. "Women's volleyball is in [Cliff] Keen [Arena]. It's one of our older facilities that hasn't really been reno- vated, but that's still a great facil- The Athletics South Competition and Performance Project will become the future home for men's and women's track and field, cross country, lacrosse and women's rowing. RENDERING COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS The $168-million, 280,000 square foot Athletics South Competition and Performance Project is on track to be completed in late 2017. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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