Construction set to begin on new Michigan State football building - Sachse Construction
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Construction set to begin on new Michigan State football building

New construction at Michigan state

EAST LANSING – Shovels will be in the dirt soon as Michigan State is set to begin work on its new football facility.

The school’s Board of Trustees on Friday authorized work to begin on the first phase of the renovation to the Skandalaris Football Center.

The first phase of the project will cost $11 million and is scheduled to be finished in October, 2023. It includes moving the current weight room, demolition and installing temporary walls and utilities to prepare the site for the full renovation to come.

The athletic department is scheduled present a budget for the full project in June. No timeline for full completion of the building, which will be called the Tom Izzo Football Building and be funded entirely by donations, has been presented.

Mat Ishbia, the former Michigan State basketball walk-on turned mortgage billionaire, gave $20 million toward the project last year as part of a $32 million donation to the school overall. Greg Williams, who co-founded a Grand Rapids insurance brokerage, and his wife added a $10 million donation later in 2021.
When finished, the building will eventually have a new entrance on its south side, along Chestnut Road, plus new player lockers, meeting spaces, recovery areas and areas for dining, nutrition and health and wellness. The weight room will also be expanded and the football team auditorium will be renovated.
The board also approved two improvements to Spartan Stadium for this year: $2.5 million in maintenance and structural repairs to the lower bowl and a new $1.6 million sound system at the facility to be completed this spring and summer in time for the fall 2022 season.
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