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Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

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Crisler Center (formerly known as Crisler Arena) is an indoor arena located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is the home arena for the University of Michigan's men's and women's basketball teams as well as its women's gymnastics team. Constructed in 1967, the arena seats 12,707 spectators. It is named for Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, head football coach at Michigan from 1938 to 1947 and athletic director thereafter until his retirement in 1968. Crisler Center was designed by Dan Dworsky, a member of the 1948 Rose Bowl team. Among other structures that he has designed is the Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles.

The arena is often called "The House that Cazzie Built", a reference to player Cazzie Russell, who starred on Michigan teams that won three consecutive Big Ten Conference titles from 1964 to 1966. Russell's popularity caused the team's fan base to outgrow Yost Fieldhouse (now Yost Ice Arena) and prompted the construction of the current facility.
At Michigan men's basketball games, the bleacher seats behind the benches are home to the Maize Rage student section.

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  • This complex looks like a great place to see a game. It’s near the main campus and is a large modern looking stadium. The parking lot is large.  more »
  • Five stars simply because it is the home of THE Michigan Wolverines! Aside that from that, it is a great venue for men’s and women’s basketball games. The lower bowl is a hands down favorite to the.....  more »
  • Wonderful venue for basketball. How could it be otherwise? It's U of M and they know how to do sports. Helpful staff and even if you're in the nosebleed section, the Jumbotron will allow you to see every play up close. The pep band and student section provide additional interest.
  • Really nice since they renovated it. The sight lines are good and there aren't any bad seats.

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