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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 26, 1980-Page 13

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By GREG DeGULIS
e scene is frightening: 33,000
athletic-minded students on a campus
containing one functional intramural
sports building.
You didn't have to delve into fan-
tasyland to envision such a scene at the,
University during the early 1970's-it
was all-too real. Prior to the construc-
tion of the Central Campus Recreation
Building, the North Campus Recreation
K ling and the renovation of the Spor-
liseum, the Intramural Sports
Building and the antiquated Barbour
and Waterman gymnasiums con-
stituted the only resource for indoor
recreation on campus.
AS DIRECTOR of Recreational Spor-
ts Dr. Michael Stevenson put it, "We
realized that Michigan was under-
facilitized to a great extent and that we
were falling behind other peer in-
stitutions."
*he'facility squeeze felt at the time
by the'recreational sports department
coincided with Athletic Director Don
Canham's decision to move the
Michigan hockey team out of the
Coliseum and into the old Yost Field
House. And that combination of
situations led the University's in-
tramural facilities out of the dark ages
and"into an era of complete moder-
nization.
'e intramural facility boom can be
traced back to 1971-72, when a
President Robben Fleming proposal
(from the advice of Recreational Sports
and Athletic Department) revealed the
necessity for two new recreational
facilities, one on Central Campus and
one" on North Campus, that would
alleviate the crowded conditions that
were present at the IMSB.
The buildings were to be funded en-
tirely with student fees built into the
~on payment. A" sumi of ten dollars
tbe collected from each student,
every six of which pay for the indebted-
ness on the bonds and four of which
would -be used for maintenance and
utilities.
IN 173, the Board of Regents ap-
pro.ved the Fleming proposal thus
laying the groundwork for the construc-
tiori'of the CCRB and NCRB.
n,,the other side of campus, Canham
fnaged to foster a number of vast
chaiiges in the shadow of Michigan
Stadium, some of which continue in the
fall 4! 1980.
The first change, as expected, was
movement of the hockey team into
Yost. At that time (1972), Yost occupied
the tennis team and many indoor track
facilities. Thus, when the hockey team
bumped its track and tennis counter-
parts out of Yost, another structure hit
the blueprint.
1973, after only 13 months of con-
struction, the Track and Tennis
Building was christened. Following the
absence of the hockey squad, the Sports

Coliseum reopened in 1974 as an in-
tramural facility for the student body.
1975 became the year recreational
sports will never forget. In June, the
CCRB opened after three years of con-
struction. The facility cost ap-
proximately $5 million.
In August of that same year, the
NCRB opened to supplement the
facility on central campus. The NCRB
funding, approximately $2.5 million,
came solely from student fees.
WITH THE opeping of CCRB and
NCRB, the recreation crunch had been
tackled, but not without much hear-
tache over the demolition of Barbour
and Waterman gymnasiums. Located
next to the Chemistry Building, the two

facilities had served the students of the
University since the turn of the century.
But rising maintenance costs and the
proximity-of CCRB spelled the end of
the ancient structures.
-"It was an extremely controversial
decision to tear down Barbour and
Waterman gymnasium," point out
Stevenson. "The building-had a lot of
historical and aesthetic value."
Despite the loss of a University lan-
dmark, the changes accumulated over
the 1970's in recreational facilities
place Michigan among the top three
nationally in "under cover" facilities
for student use. Only Illinois and Ohio
State have more comprehensive indoor
recreational sports facilities.

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Daily Photo by LISA KLAUSNER
A VIEW OF THE CCRB, which stands as a monument to the University's
increased expenditures for intramural facilities. It opened in June of 1975 after
taking three years to construct at a cost of $5 million.

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