Not to be outdone by the phenomenal renovations to Spartan Stadium, MSU's Den of Destruction also known as the Breslin Center is set for a major facilities upgrade focused on improving the visitor experience and the construction of an on-site Michigan State University Basketball Hall of History.
The MSU Board of Trustees gave the university the go-ahead to proceed with the $50 million project. $30 million will be provided by the university and $20 million from MSU Athletics.
The work is scheduled to begin in January 2016, with substantial completion expected by August of 2017 and final completion by June 2018.
How is the Breslin Center getting better for the average fan? Lots of cool things! Check it out: Expanding and upgrading concession areas and concourses; improving bathroom facilities; upgrading passenger and freight elevators; improving exterior entrances and parking lots; and replacing chiller and water connections.
The project also calls for the construction of a 26,000-square-foot addition that will house the MSU Basketball Hall of History. Located on the southeast side of the Breslin Center, the hall will utilize technology to highlight team and individual accomplishments of the mens and womens basketball programs. In addition, the technology will have the flexibility to be programmed for other university events.
The Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center, accessible from both auxiliary gyms on the mezzanine level, will be constructed below the Hall of History. That area also will include a locker room for former MSU student-athletes currently playing professional basketball to utilize for training during the offseason.
The opportunity to be involved with a facility project that has a positive and direct impact on our student-athletes and the entire university community is exciting, said MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis. While the Breslin Center project addresses a number of issues related to the buildings operations, it will greatly enhance the experience for those attending any of its events.
The ability to showcase our university and basketball programs history will be one of the key and noticeable features once the project is complete. In addition, former and current student-athletes will have an opportunity to prepare in one of the nations finest basketball complexes.
The Breslin Student Events Center, named in honor of long-time MSU administrator Jack Breslin, first opened its doors in 1989. Every year it hosts more than 200 events, productions, conferences and meetings, as well as serving as home to the MSU mens and womens basketball teams.