MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo donates to Munn Ice Arena

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EAST LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Munn's Ice Arena will be getting some serious renovations and some money will be coming from one of MSU's very own.

MSU's head basketball coach Tom Izzo and his family will be donating $1.1 million to the project.

"I've raised my family here, I got married here. More than half my life has been here and so this place is very important to me," Izzo said.

This is the second time the Izzo's have bade a donation north of $1.1 million to MSU since 2011. This time, Izzo is hoping that with his help the MSU hockey program can get back to where it was when he got to MSU.

"You know when I came here in '85, hockey was the hottest ticket in town. You could get into a football game, you could get into a basketball game but you could not get into a hockey game. I believe in Danton, I believe in the guys that played here. So many good guys that went on to do well. My wife and I thought it was just another way to try and help our athletic department."

"Tom is a great leader and he and Lupe are doing all kinds of great things for the university and this is a portion of it," Danton Cole, MSU's Hockey head coach, said.

Many of the changes to the teams facilities won't be visible to the fans, but Cole said his players will benefit greatly.

"It will be a totally new experience for the student athletes being here a year from now than it is right now," Cole said.

MSU expects the renovations to be done at some point in 2020. They are hoping it will be completed before the start of the hockey season.

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