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Michigan's n e w University
Events Building. "the house that
Cazzie built," now nears comple-
tion adjacent to Michigan Sta-
dium. A massive, concrete and
brick monument to the Russell
era, it represents the financial
success of three years of confer-
ence basketball domination and
two consecutive trips to NCAA
tournaments by the Wolverines.
To many it is amazing enough
that the ; opening date is even
within the forseeable future, but
there are still those who anxiously
await that glorious day. When
then, is the new structure to be
ready?
The Wolverines entertain the
Kentucky Wildcats, a perennia
basketball power, in the season's
opener on December 2. And al-
though work was just begun Mon-
day on the wood flooring and no
seats have been installed to date
officials are hopeful that the Ken-
tucky game will be played in the
new facility.
Coach Dave Strack's cagers open
practice on October 16th in the
Intramural Building and will move
to the Events Building as soon as
it is ready. The great amount of
work and money involved in set-
S dingupthe portable floor in Yost
Field House adds to the pressure
on administration officials.
The Events Building will incor-
porate all the latest innovations
in structures of its type. Fans will
view basketball, wrestling, and se-
lected gymnastics events in sump-
tuous surroundings that might
quickly obliterate memories of
past events in the shadowed con-
fines of venerable Yost Field
House.

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mately halfway between the floor
T and the outer row of seats. Broad
exterior and interior concourses
N will facilitate the movement of
'. fans to and from the arena.
.. The completely enclosed inter-
l o r concourse will have rest rooms
. and refreshment counters as well
as large trophy galleries. The gal-
, leries will contain evidences of
Michigan's athletic successes, as
well as displays illustrating the
importance of sports to the Uni-
versity.
The arena's capacity of better
~..than ,15,000 people will make it
, :the third largest in the Big Ten.
But only Illinois' Assembly Hall,
-? completed in 1963, will rival Mich-
igan's sports facility. Minnesota's
.........:..... Williams Arena. holds over 18,000
people, but was finished in 1928.
Parking spaces for 638 cars ad-
4 .jacent to both the Events Build-
Universetty Events, Buil in ying and the stadium will consid-
,erably decrease walking distances
Tnnfrom car to building.
The days of bleachers (and for live color television. Both of room in the IM building to a spe- Lousy Name
splinters) are gone. Cushioned these features become especially cially designed and equipped fa-
theatre-type chairs will accommo- important for possibilities of hold- cilty in the new arena. The grap- asAthoug ityEpesildnw
date over 15.000 people. Of spe- ing state high school and NCAA plers will also hold all their meets thesuniversyents buil
cial interest will be the thousand basketball tournaments in the in the building. the structure has yet to be offi-
telescoping courtside seats, which arer. The necessity of an unusually cally named The present title, in
will also be of the individual, The building's four locker rooms, high ceiling for trampoline prac- dignit due a building of such
cushioned variety. each accommodating between 20 tice made the addition of a gym- magnitude. The final decision will
Space will be available for over and 40 athletes, will make it even nastics room prohibitively expen- rest with the Regents, and it is
a hundred newsmen and broadcast more attractive as a tournament sive. Gymnasts will have the use not unlikely that they will prefer
personnel, 32 in a special press box site. ! of the arena for major ,meets, a name honoring one of Michi-
above the telescoping seats at mid- Michigan's wrestling team will however. gan's great stars or administrators.
court. Lighting will be adequate move from the present practice IFor special occasions a large, Although Yost Field House is
comfortable lounge will greet Uni- being abandoned as far as basket-
Three W olverine Grads d ball is concerned, it will still
visiting athletic teams. The lounge I be very important to the Wolver-
Smightalso be used for M' Club ine athletic program. Indoor track
meetings and other gatherings in- meets will be held there as in the
FOCr"volving groups from within the past. Michigan's football and base-
University and the Ann Arbor ball teams find the roomy floor
community. ideal (well, almost) when cold
(Continued from Page 1) coaching staff moved him immedi- The entire Events Building was 'weather dictates. a move inside.
back in Saturday's game with the ately from offensive halfback to designed by Daniel L. Dworsky, a And the building will be open to
kNew Orleans Saints, right cornerback on defense. Michigan (graduate. An experienc- all Wolverine athletes for weight-
Nhav 'Ward (5'9", 178) isn't big ed planner of athletic facilities, he training and general conditioning
The Green Bay Packers have enough to play any position on took special pains to create an work.
the largest number of Wolverine offense in our business," states arena very similar to huge Michi- After months of delays and frus-
rookies on their roster-three. De- Director of Player Personnel Paul gan Stadium. The building's col- trations, the Events Building now
fensive backs John Rowser and Bixler. "But we were impressed umn-free, oval interior, and the appears as a physical reality as
Mike Bass and punter-end Jack 'by his quickness and agressiveness entrance chutes well above the the 1967-68 basketball season ap-
Kemp are all pointing for posi-~nclee arena floor are striking parallels. proaches. Its opening will mark
tions on the 40-man Packer squadg . to the stadium's beloW-ground the completion of one of the fin-
and so far have survived the cuts Even on defense, Ward's dimi- plan. est sports centers in the nation,
from 60 to 49. nutive height has hindered his at- A walkway runs completely a fitting tribute to the athletes
Pat Peppler, director of person- tempt to break into a starting around the inside of the arena who have made Michigan a lead-
nel for the Packers, said of Lass role. With the help of a player at the entrance level, approxi- er in collegiate athletic competion.
and Rowser, "Both won't be able strike, Ward got a shot at a start-
to crack our superb starting de- ing berth against Atlanta but a
fensive backfield but they do have pulled groin muscle halted his bid.
good shots at the backup posi- 'M' linebacker Frank Nunley led
tions." the Big Ten in tackles last year
Kemp, a punting specialist and and the San Francisco 49er's fig-
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Big Ten leader in that depart-
ment last year at Michigan, has
been used solely as a split end by
the Packer coaching staff. "We
tried him out briefly on the punt-
ing squad but he's been working
out well at split end," Peppler said.
Like Kemp, Carl Ward has also
been switched from the position he
played during most of his career
at Michigan. The Cleveland Brown

ure to capitalize on that talent.
"We've placed Nunley on both the
punt recovery and kick-off spe-
ciality squads," tells Assistant
General Manager Art Johnson.
Nunley also will be number one
back-up man for middle line-
backer Ed Beard. He's played only
1 ?2 quarters at that post but
Johnson says, "We can use him if
we need him."

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BOB McFARLAND ....... Executive Sports Editor
RICK STERN......................Associate Sports Editor
GRAYLE HOWLETT .. .. ..... .Associate Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Howard Kohn, Dave Weir, Bill Levis, John
Stukus, Bob Lees, Joel Block.
TRAINING NIGHT EDITORS: Doug Heller, Fred LaBour,
Mark Halpert, Phil Brown.
REPORTERS: Andy Barbas, Kim Kendall, Russ Rojakovich,
Joel Rubenstein, Rob Saltzstein.

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