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Munn Ice Arena expansion

Project phase: Planning/Design


  • Munn Ice Arena opened in 1974.
  • In addition to being the home of MSU Hockey, it also hosts classes, club sports, sports camps and public skating opportunities.
  • The building has fallen behind its peers, particularly for team operations.
  • It is lacking in team meeting space, operational areas and energy efficiency.
  • The building does not have an appropriate presence for a facility that hosts 6,800 guests.


  • As planning begins, the project is anticipated to include:
    • Construction of a new public "front door" to Munn Ice Arena to include:
      • Memorabilia.
      • Expanding and relocating the hockey operations offices and coaching offices from the basement to the renovated first floor.
      • Improving the quality of the varsity lockers, fitness, weight and other varsity facilities in alignment with other recently completed collegiate hockey facilities.
      • Additional concessions.
      • Improvements to the public skating experience by providing an appropriate lobby, skate changing, skate rental and pro shop.
      • Redesign of all entries to incorporate vestibules, providing airlocks and the ability to keep the conditioned air inside at peak periods.


  • Construction start: TBD
  • Ready for occupancy: TBD


  • Based on cost experience for similar projects and current pricing information, the project cost estimate is $14,000,000 - $16,000,000. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process.
  • The source of funds for the project is expected to be gifts to Intercollegiate Athletics or debt financing with debt repayment from gifts to Intercollegiate Athletics.


Jason Van Zee, project manager,, (517) 432-2675


Construction Junction project update

April 2019