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Michigan facility upgrades approved

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Regents have unanimously approved renovations to Yost Ice Arena and Schembechler Hall on Thursday that will cost about $23 million total.

The seating on the south, east and west sides of Yost will be replaced, improving accessibility to seats and emergency exits. The east and west concourses also will be renovated and new seating will be added. The west side media balcony will be converted into a loge boxes.

The Yost renovations are estimated to cost $14 million.

The renovations for Schembechler Hall, which houses the football program offices, include a new entrance which would add 7,000 square feet to the building. The total cost is estimated at $9 million, which will be provided for by the Michigan Athletic Department from "resources and gift."

Renovations also will be made to the building's museum, which Timothy Slottow, Michigan's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said will become accessible to the public.

Chantel Jennings covers Michigan athletics for WolverineNation.com.