6 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 19, 1996 THE Focus w
1924: The arena, then known as
Yost Field House, was built next to
'*erry Field. It was named after leg-
endary Michigan football coach and
athletic director Fielding H. Yost.
1944: Vic Heylinger, who will go on
to become the most successful
Wolverine hockey coach, takes over
from Edward Lowrey.
1948: Michigan wins the first-ever
NCAA Ice Hockey National
Championship. The Wolverines beat
Dartmouth to claim the title.
1951: Michigan conquers Brown to
-in a hockey title that will be the
first of five championships in the
course of the following six years.
1952: The Wolverines beat
Colorado College in their first title
1953: Michigan again successfully
defends its title, this time against
1955: The Wolverines win another
hockey crown at the expense of
1956: Michigan beats Michigan
Tech for the Wolverines' sixth
national hockey championship.
1957:.Heylinger retires and is suc-
ceeded by Al Renfrew.
1964: The Wolverines are the vic-
tors once again, beating Denver to
claim another hockey crown.
196446: Michigan basketball
squads led by the great Cazzie
Russell win three consecutive Big
Ten titles. With the team consis-
tently packing Yost Field House to
and beyond capacity, University offi-
_cials begin planning a new, larger
1973: After 49 years of housing
several varsity programs, including
the basketball and track and field
squads, the building becomes Yost
Ice Arena, home of the ice hockey
1984: Current coach Gordon "Red"
Berenson replaces John Giordano.
1989: The Michigan basketball
team, having adjusted to its new
home, Crisler Arena, wins its first
NCAA title by beating Seton Hall.
1991: Yost is renovated during this
year, with capacity lowered to
7,235 in order to improve spectator
1996: Michigan wins Its eighth
4national title, beating Colorado
College, 3-2, in overtime.
By Will McCahld, Daily Sports Editor
AFTER A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HOCKEY SEASON, YOST ICE ARENA IS
UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS THAT WILL TAKE IT INTO THE NEXT CENTURY
"k Vivian's calendar must have looked some- The players, too, are
thing like this: looking forward to the
arena's new look, although kY
Saturday, March 30: Watch Michigan hockey team that's not to say they were
win national title. unhappy with the old Yost.
Wednesday, April 3: Start tearing up Yost Ice Arena. "I think it's great what
For Vivian, who, in his job as the director of the they're doing, and it's going
Sports Research Laboratory, is the mastermind of all to be great when it's done,
Yost-related things, the latter date was in the planner junior right ving Bill
long before the former. Muckalt said. It's going to
But it still seemed a little odd to be tearing into the be a fine facility, one of the
arena so soon after the Wolverines won the 1996 best - if not the best -in
NCAA Ice Hockey Championship. college hockey."
"As soon as the season finished in Cincinnati (with Lining the walls around z - -
Michigan's title-game victory over Colorado College), the renovated locker rooms'k
we were in here, taking out the ice," Vivian said. at ground level will be new _ -
It's hardly as if the extensive renovations now going trophy cases. The circula- t
on were a spur-of-the-moment thing: Yost has been in a tion area in the north end
state of constant remodeling since Vivian arrived in and the passages to the east
Ann Arbor in 1990. and we'st circulation ares
Title or no title, the Michigan hockey team and its will now be home to the
fans were going to be seeing a new Yost when the cur- various honors accorded to
tain came up on the 1996-97 campaign. the Wolverines over the
Although the work - which is being financed by a years.
combination of alumni and private donations and aYost Accommodations are in .
ticket surcharge - is still in very early stages, the the works for the media
changes are already very apparent. types. The old press area
Gone is the M-Den, purveyor of Wolverine memo- which hung over a mere
rabilia, which was located just inside the front door on handful of sections, will
the State Street side of the building. Gone are the old now stretch from a location
locker room facilities, formerly nestled up against the parallel to the north end of -'ri
north wall. Gone, at least for now, are the stands in the the ice surface, almost all d
north end zone (although fear not, they shall return), the way down to the south
and gone is the press box. end. There will even be an
In their places, however, new things are ready to elevator up to the new box
sprout. Head hockey coach Red Berenson and his staff from ground level.
will have new offices on the site of the old M-Den. The Vivian said he has gained
causeway under the north endzone stands is being great insight into the cbs-
widened; the locker and other team rooms have been acter of Fielding Yost, the JoE WsTRATE/Daily
moved right up next to the ice. While at one time, play- former football coach and While the 1996 NCAA national champion Michigan hockey team is home for the
ers would have to work their way through the causeway athletic director for whom summer, construction workers are hard at work renovating Yost Arena.
crowd to get onto the rink, they can now get there the building is named. much greater access for handicapped fans.
directly from the locker room. "Fielding and I have a personal relationship," Vivian One item still up in the air, soto speak, is the location
The visiting team's dressing room will be on the said. "I talk to him every time I come in here, and I of the championship banners, whose numbers will be
ground level, while the home Wolverines have had think he's happy with what's going on here. further swelled when the latest one is hoisted this fall.
theirs moved up. A new special room has been built "You can't help but begin to understand Yost to have The banners may be repositioned along the south
above the ice-level facilities. the genius to build a place like this." wall, Vivian said, or may be hung from the rafters.
All the new rooms, for guests and hosts alike, will Vivian said Yost's design for the facility - the first Either way, new banners will replace the older ones so
have all the amenities of the late 20th century - such indoor field house in the United States - was drawn up as to jibe with the 1996 model.
as bathrooms and showers with such foresight that the With the timetable calling for Yost's ice to be avail-
- that were missing in It!sgoing to be a structure is able to support able Oct. 1, Vivian said everything will be worked out
some of the rink's pre-reno- the current renovations as in due course. "There are a lot of housekeeping deci-
vation dressing rooms. fine faclity, one of the well as a possible second sions that have to be made yet," he said.
"(The new facilities) will deck. The decisions are made by a large group of official
certainly bring us up to a best.- if not the best "You're seeing his vision, from a variety of University departments and offices,
much higher level," Vivian and what he thought this including the athletic department, the development
said. - in hockey building could be," Vivian office and the sports information department.
Doug Daugherty, Yost's go said. "This is a very diverse group of planners,' Vivian
building manager, agreed. - Bill M uckalt Although the number of said. "This has been a team effort in every way"
"The team rooms for Michigan right wing seats available will decrease As far as future renovations are concerned, Vivian
Michigan will be competi- by about 400 from the said there are plans for the eventual addition of private
tive with any school," he said, "and even nicer than arena's current capacity of 7,235, all of the seats with boxes on the east side of the building and for the remod-
some of the smaller pro teams" obstructed views will be gone. eling of the circulation area at the south end, to match
Vivian said many of the ideas for the new facilities "It really was a fantasyland before of saying how the new one at the north end.
for the hockey team and coaching staff came directly many seats there were." Vivian said. "A lot of those The timetable, however, depends completely A
from Berenson and his assistants. seats weren't saleable anyway" funding.
"Berenson has had direct input from the beginning," "Now all the seats will be good seats" Daugherty "We'll all be dead and gone (before the next set of
Vivian said. "He has literally determined what lie wants added. renovations happens)," Vivian speculated, "or some-
in his ovvn team facilities" In addition, the renovated seating areas will afford body will be fanning me in a hammock down south"