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Jenison Field House - renovations

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • Jenison Field House, built in 1940, was the home of Spartan basketball until 1989 and, thus, the home of the men's basketball when Magic Johnson helped lead that team to its first NCAA Championship in 1979.
  • It is now the location of the main administrative and ticket offices of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as well as home to the MSU volleyball, baseball, softball, cross country, track and field, rowing, women's gymnastics, men's soccer, women's soccer, and field hockey programs.
  • While Jenison has a rich history, it no longer meets the needs of the Division I athletic programs.
  • In the last decade MSU's revenue sports facilities have undergone major facelifts; the programs in Jenison are operating in out-of­-date facilities that compare poorly to those of other Big Ten institutions.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics will move its administrative and ticketing offices to 1855 Place in late 2017, creating more space for programs remaining in Jenison and an opportunity to improve and update the facilities there.

Project details

  • The purpose of this project is to create functional, flexible, and collaborative spaces for the coaching staffs and teams located in Jenison.
  • The alterations will primarily affect the second floor office/administrative areas,including the entrance/lobby area, and may include partial renovations to the third and fourth floors.
  • This will enhance recruiting and create an interactive public entry with a strong identity for the building and its occupants.  The renovations will not include any of the practice/competition or similar spaces,such as the gyms or pool.


  • Construction start: February 2018
  • Construction end: January 2019

Project budget

  • $6,000,000, which includes a $500,000 contingency
  • The source of funds for the project is auxiliary activities - athletics and the general fund - capital renewal.

Questions, concerns, comments?

Matt Postma, project manager, (517) 353-9223, 



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