Big House Expansion Approved

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Big House is getting bigger.

University of Michigan Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $226 million renovation of Michigan Stadium.

The decision allows the university to open the project for bids.

When work is completed in 2010, the stadium will include 83 suites and 3,200 club seats, raising its total seating capacity from 107,501 to more than 108,000.

Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 for $950,000.

A disabled-veterans group filed a federal lawsuit against the university on April 17, claiming the design of the project does not meet federal standards for wheelchair-accessible seating.

The school disputed the claim made in the suit, filed by Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, saying the plan complies with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements that specify the number and location of wheelchair seating within stadiums.


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