Crisler Center 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.Make Crisler Center part of your personalized Ann Arbor itinerary using our Ann Arbor trip itinerary planning website .
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 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.
Crisler Center has been the home of Michigan Wolverines men's basketball since its opening in 1967. The women's basketball team has been at Crisler Center since 1974. It has also been the home of Michigan's wrestling, women's volleyball and men's gymnastics teams. The gymnastics team hosted events at Crisler Center from 1978-1989. The wrestling team called Crisler Center its home from 1967-1989. The women's gymnastics team competed at Crisler Center from 1978-1989 before moving to Cliff Keen Arena in 1990 before ultimately returning to Crisler Center as their primary home in 2004.
Crisler Center Reviews
I have been 100s of times. The concourse is a museum. Had hoped to bring a visitor when there was no event, but you have to buy a tour. more »
We were there recently for a U of M Business School graduation and we were very pleased with the attractiveness of the venue and how the huge throngs were managed. Parking was challenging but we were ... 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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